Carl Robinson has named his squad for the final home game in February, and there are two big ins.
Announced by the Club earlier in the week, both Bernie Ibini and Joe Ledley, have been named in the extended 20-man squad and could make their debuts at home this Saturday.
Match fitness will be the biggest question for those two players, given their week in training with the boys has only been a short one, but their pair are sure to make an impact in whatever capacity they find themselves involved.
Carl has kept the same starting XI for his first two games in charge, but will the boss be tempted to change things up this week against one of the league’s best sides in Perth?
Wes Hoolahan made his debut off the bench last weekend, and with more minutes in the legs on the training paddock over the past week, could Robinson be tempted to change things up and inject the Irishman much earlier?
Good performances from the bench in previous weeks from Jason Hoffman, Nick Fitzgerald, and Kosta Petratos are also sure to be giving the Head Coach food for thought.
Newcastle Jets FC Squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Roy O’DONOVAN, 8.Wes HOOLAHAN, 9.Abdiel ARROYO, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 16.Matt MILLAR, 17.Joe LEDLEY, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21.Bernie IBINI, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 29.Connor O’TOOLE, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (2-4 to be omitted)
Ins: 17.Joe LEDLEY (new signing), 21.Bernie IBINI (new signing)
Unavailable: 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (quad – 2-4 weeks), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (knee – indefinite), 40.Noah JAMES (hand – 3 months)