W-LEAGUE: Deans boosts squad with mix of youth & experience


Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League coach Craig Deans has announced five (5) new players for the club’s 2015/16 campaign.

Deans has boosted his squad with a mix of familiar faces from the Jets Westfield W-League’s previous seasons as well as some fresh faces.

Gema Simon who captained the squad in 2013/14, returns to Newcastle from her time last season with Melbourne Victory, confirming that playing in front of a home crowd was one of the biggest factors in her return.

‘You can’t beat playing in front of your family, friends and a Novocastrian crowd here in Newcastle,’ Simon said. ‘This was a major factor in my return, along with coming home and being closer to my family, something which I know allows me to play at my best.’  

Simon is joined by another former Jet in Adriana Jones, who returns to the Jets after last playing with them in the 2013/14 season. Deans described Jones as another exciting local product, with great versatility and able to play anywhere in the front third.

Simon and Jones will be joined by three new faces to the Jets squad, including former New Zealand international Hannah Bromley, former Sydney FC youngster Chloe Logarzo and Jenna Kingsley, whose previous Westfield W-League clubs have included the Central Coast Mariners and more recently Western Sydney Wanderers.

‘Bromley will be a pivotal defender in the backline,’ Deans said of the tall, intimidating Kiwi. ‘She has had 12 international appearances for New Zealand and will bring a wealth of experience to the side.’

‘Logarzo is a dynamic midfielder, who I am looking to to bring some creativity and importantly goals to the side. She has been on the fringe of national selection for some time and I’m hoping that this will be a strong motivator for her to do well with the Jets this season and secure a national spot as a result.’

‘Jenna will also add a lot to the side with her past Westfield W-League experience and she shares a positive and motivated work ethic that melds well with her teammates this season,’ Deans concluded.

Although keeping his cards close to his chest, Deans confirmed today that the clubs final signings for the season, two internationals, will be revealed later this week, with his full complement of players making their first public appearance at the new Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Saturday for the sides Community Season Launch from 10am to 2pm with players involved in signing sessions and skills sessions for young female players.