'I should be able to take my game to the next level'

Since working his way through the grades at Newcastle Jets, Angus Thurgate has established himself as an A-League starter.  

Thurgate made 26 appearances during the 2020/21 A-League season and contributed the match-winning goal in the Jets’ 1-0 win over the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.  

The arrival of Manager Arthur Papas has seen the Jets enter a new era and it’s a time for the Club that Thurgate is thrilled to be part of.  

“Since day one we have been working hard,” Thurgate said.  

“I’m happy to be back and to get going again.  

“It’s exciting times for this Club.”  

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After a strong finish to last season, Thurgate is looking to build on that momentum and continue being the engine of the Jets’ midfield.  

With pre-season preparations well underway, Thurgate considers the training sessions as the ideal opportunity for the team to understand and implement Papas’ style of football.  

“We have a fairly long pre-season,” Thurgate said.  

“By the time round one comes around we should hit the ground running.  

“Knowing exactly how we want to play.”  

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Along with developing the team’s tactical foundations, Papas has focused on building the fitness levels of the squad and ensuring that the team can play a high pressing game.  

“Training has been very intense,” Thurgate said.  

“It’s important to get our fitness ready and also to get our sharpness back.”  

Despite being 21, Thurgate has already notched over 50 appearances and is closing in on the A-League century milestone.  

The upcoming season looms as a pivotal one for the Port Macquarie product.  

“I’ve played a fair few games now,” he said.  

“So, I should be able to take my game to the next level.”