PROVEN GOALSCORER: US import Jen Troy could prove key to the Jets’ 2016-17 W-League campaign which kicks off this Sunday in Melbourne.AS Newcastle Jets W-League coach Craig Deans puts the final touches on his squad this week, he will bedemanding an improved all-round effort for the 2016-17 season.
The Jets have not made the W-League finals since 2008.
Last year they were in a position to make the top four with three games remaining but were unable to win any of those games to secure passage to the finals.
Deans admitted to being on a learning curve as coach last season but has lifted the standardduringpre-season in order to improve this time around.
“There are lots of things that can be changed and improved upon; it’s only small things and it’s nothing that’s not normal in professional football,” Deans said.
“The girls talk all the time about getting more respect and earning more money and being given more exposure and I think with all of that comes the behaviours of a professional athlete.
“It is more around training standards and how they present themselves for training …I’ve told them all pre-season that I don’t want to be a failure.”
Deans will finalise hissquad on Wednesday and believesthe inclusion of up to four US imports will add a new level of professionalism.
The Jets announced the signing of strikerJen Troy last week and on Monday the acquisition ofdefender Arin Gilliland, who arrives in Newcastle this weekfresh from a training camp with the US national squad.
Both were part of the Chicago Red Stars team which made the play-offs in the US Women’s Football League.
“I could’ve had players from other countries and they would’ve been just as good as the Americans are but they come from an environment that is super professional, super organised and demanding and our girls have to watch what they do and watch how they behave and they have to try to match it,” he said.
“That’s the whole point; that’s why clubs bring in players because they want them to rub off on the other players.
“Hopefully we have more local girls than not in the squads in the future but we still need to see the top standards in football and these girls bring that.”
The Jets open their 2016-17 W-League campaign in Melbourne against Melbourne city on Sunday and Deans admitted he was“very excited” about how Newcastle were shaping up.
He will announce the other two imports on Wednesday and said now it wasjust a matter of “seeing how they all fit together”.
They play two games on the road before returning to McDonald Jones Stadium on November 20 for their first home game of the season which will be a double-header with the Jets’ A-League side.
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