Rookie Report: Versatile players impress

Our 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 named some of the standout performers to keep an eye on.

Nicholas Martinelli

Martinelli has made consistent appearances for the U20 boy’s team this season and has chipped in with some clinical finishes along the way.

His technical ball-playing skills and his vision to find a pass are some of Martinelli’s capabilities, with the youngster continually building on his game.

“Martinelli can make an impact and can fill in at different roles,” Jaliens said.

“He can read the game and can make a pass to open the field up.”

Alex Nunes

Nunes is currently in the U14 boy’s setup, with the youngster putting in some positive displays over the course of the season.

Through his speed and agility, Nunes is showing he has the skill set to continue his impressive run into the future.

“I think Alex has been a big player this season for the U14s,” Jaliens said.

“He knows how to use his attributes and he goes into games with a real desire.”

Kye Schumacher

Also, in the U14 boy’s team, Schumacher has been a consistent performer for his throughout the season.

Schumacher is a dynamic player and can put in a shift in different positions.

“Kye is a tough player and always pushes himself and those around him,” Jaliens said.

“This season has been a good opportunity for him to show that he can become a future product of our academy system.”