Rookie Report: Young strikers impressing coaches


The Newcastle Jets’ academy system is paving the way for the next generation of footballers, with their continued development being a critical concern for the club going forward.

It is the role of the Newcastle Jets coaching staff, along with Technical Director, Kew Jaliens that the Club enables a pathway for upcoming players.

Jaliens and Youth Team coach Daniel McBreen have named some of the standout performers to keep an eye on.

Tommy O’Connor

Throughout the campaign, Tommy O’Connor has demonstrated his strong and physical play.

O’Connor has mainly been deployed in a defensive midfield role but has also played in the centre of defence.

Starting in the U17 setup, O’Connor has progressed into the U19 team and is progressing well in the higher division.

“Tommy is a player that we need to keep our eye on,” McBreen said.

“I think he has some really good qualities and hopefully he can continue this impressive run.”

Isaac Collins

A member of the under 17s team, Collins plays in the front third.

Primarily a striker and right winger, the teenager has caught the eye of Jaliens.

“He has good technique and good in one v one situations,” Jaliens said.

“He’s very creative and scores goals.”

Milan Hammond

The Cooranbong product was recently invited to be part of the Young Matilda’s camp.

The 17-year-old plays in the Jets 20s side under Coach Ash Wilson.

“She is fast and strong,” Jaliens said.

“She finds positions to score goals. That’s what she does best. She’s a good player.