New recruits join Jets training

JETS recruit Scott Neville has only been in Newcastle two days but the 23-year-old has already fallen in love with the city.

Neville joined fellow new boys James Brown (Gold Coast), Josh Brillante (Gold Coast) and Adam Taggart (Perth Glory) for the start of the Jets pre-season at Ray Watt Oval this morning.

Of the 18 senior players contracted, 14 particpated in yesterday’s hour-long session.

Other new signings Craig Goodwin (Melbourne Heart) and Mark Birighitti (Adelaide United) have not arrived yet.

Senior defender Tiago is not due to return from Brazil for another fortnight.

Ben Kantarovski had surgery on his nose on Thursday and will not resume training for another week.

Brown (ankle) worked alongside Jobe Wheelhouse (foot) in the rehabilitation group. Ruben Zadkovich (knee) and Nikolai Topor-Stanley (achilles) were also on light duties.

Assistant coach Craig Deans took the session in the absence of Gary van Egmond who is in Sydney this week undertaking a UEFA Pro Licence.

From Perth, Neville lobbed into Newcastle on Saturday. He had only been here previously for Perth Glory away trips and hadn’t seen much of the city apart from the team hotel and stadium.

‘‘Until you get here you don't realise how lovely a place it is to live,’’ he said.

‘‘I can’t wait to get settled.

‘‘I wanted a change in lifestyle and to get out of my comfort zone and am really looking forward to the new environment.

‘‘There are a lot of young boys here, a good mentality, a good [football] philosophy and hopefully we play some attractive football.’’

See the full report in tomorrow’s Newcastle Herald.

Meantime, former Newcastle Jets attacking midfielder Ali Abbas has signed a two-year deal with Sydney FC.

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