Rookie Report: Under 17s guns step up

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 and Youth Team coach Daniel McBreen have named some of the standout performers to keep an eye on.

Lachlan West

The 17-year-old midfielder scored the winner for the 19s Youth Team on the weekend.

A local product who has been part of the Jets Academy for a number of years, West has strung consistent performances together in recent weeks.

“He plays on the ball, a very creative player,” McBreen said.

“He scored the winner but also assisted a great goal this week too.”

Max Bailey

Another local youngster who has stepped up, Bailey is a midfielder turned centre-back.

“He’s in 17s but moved up to 19s,” McBreen said.

“He’s been excellent the last few weeks. He will stay with the 19s for the remainder of the season.”

Elizabeth Clowes

A centre-back for the under 14s female side, Clowes is a defender mature beyond her years.

“She’s a good centre-back,” Jaliens said.

“She’s fast and strong. She organises the defence. She does things you don’t usually see in a kid. She does all those things together. She has great potential.”

Natalia Odriscoll

In the under 13s female side, this is Odriscoll’s first year in the Jets academy but Jaliens said there’s plenty to like about the winger.

“She’s a right winger with pace,” Jaliens said.

“She is a technical player. She has good crosses and takes players on one v one and is a great addition for the team. She takes her chances and scores goals.”