They may have crashed 2-nil to Wellington on Saturday but new manager Mark Jones is continuing to give 2nd Tier local talent a crack at the big time.
Jones made the emergency signing of Edgeworth FC goalkeeper Jim Fogarty (2 match contract) late in the week preceding the Wellington match. The Jets suffered another injury setback when current number two (actually Youth Team GK) Pierce Clark was ruled out of the New Zealand trip cut to an ankle issue. Newcastle were set to travel with a 15 year old as their reserve keeper until a change of heart saw Fogarty drafted in. To be fair 15 year old Noah James is no slouch himself as he has already represented the country in Under 16s action.
Fogarty is the second example of Jones’s open minded approach to recruiting, a stark contrast to the approach of Scott Miller. In mid October Jones gave Edgeworth’s 21 year old midfielder Keanu Moore an opportunity to train with the team with the possibility of a contract at the end of it. In comments to Craig Kerry of the Newcastle Herald the midfielder said, “. . . I’ve obviously still got a bit to work on, but they can see that and they’ve been giving me pointers to help me, and I’ve been enjoying it.” Moore is yet to be signed at this stage but the trial is an encouraging sign for other Northern NSW NPL talent.