Rookie Report: Jets young guns impressing

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 has picked out some of standout performers to keep an eye on.

Ethan Gilmore

Gilmore can operate anywhere along the front line and can convert goal-scoring opportunities.

Currently in the U16s, Gilmore is catching the eyes of his coaches.

“He is versatile in the front three,” Jaliens said.

“Gilmore has a future in football if he continues on his current trajectory.”

Kyle McSeveney

McSeveney plays as a central defender and is a towering presence in the backline.

Like Gilmore, McSeveney is in the U16s setup and is a leader amongst the pack.

“McSeveney is a strong and physical defender,” Jaliens said.

“When playing out from the back, he is comfortable on the ball and finds the best option.”

Along with the male academy, the Jets are enabling footballing opportunities for upcoming female players.

Kirsty Fenton

Fenton can play in multiple positions and has shown her good ball playing skills during U20s season.

Fenton was picked for the junior Matildas team.

“Kirsty is doing really well and is positive on the ball,” Jaliens said.

“She can pick a pass and can push her team up the field.”

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Milan Hammond

Hammond currently plays in U20s female youth team and is impressing with her acumen for the game.

Hammond was picked along with Fenton for the junior Matildas team.

“Milan is a good prospect and is showing positive signs,” Jaliens said.

“I can see that she has a hunger for the game and is always willing to learn which is crucial for their development.”