Squad: Merrick confirms squad for Victory clash


Jets boss, Ernie Merrick has named a strong 18-man squad to face the Melbourne Victory in the Jets first home game of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.

Continuity is again key for Merrick, with only one change to the squad named for Round 2 in Adelaide.

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The Jets welcome back Angus Thurgate from Young Socceroos duties and the midfielder could be in the mix come Saturday after getting plenty of game time in Indonesia.

Angus Thurgate

Roy O’Donovan continues his countdown to a return from suspension.

In other positive news, Joe Champness and Johnny Koutroumbis are both progressing well in their recovery from injury and illness respectively.

Newcastle Jets Round 3 squad:

1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Jair, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 32.Angus THURGATE (return from Young Socceroos)

Outs: N/A

Unavailable: 9.Roy O’DONOVAN (suspension – 6 rounds), 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS (illness – TBC), 24.Joe CHAMPNESS (foot – TBC)

Round 3 v Victory