Pettit has point to prove in clash

SCOTT Pettit believes he was not given the chance to shine at the Jets last season.

Tomorrow he is determined to show them exactly what he can do when Broadmeadow take on the Jets Youth team in the much-anticipated Northern NSW State League top-of-the-table clash at Wanderers Oval.

Pettit, 22, was part of the Jets National Youth League campaign last season but was not re-signed and returned to Magic while he completes his PE teaching degree at the University of Newcastle.

Playing wide on the right in midfield, Pettit’s speed, fitness and skill have helped the defending champions keep pace with the Jets under-20 squad.

Never was it more on display than when he took his goal tally to five for the season last week with a double in the 4-2 win over Edgeworth.

But it’s no surprise that Pettit is hitting his best form with the Jets on the radar.

‘‘I’ve been looking forward to this game since the draw came out,’’ Pettit said.

‘‘It’s a massive, massive game for me. I have a lot of points to prove.

‘‘I’m very happy with how I’m going and I’m still in that position where I think I’m good enough to push on to a higher level, so I’m working and training really hard.

‘‘Hopefully something comes up, but there’s an important game coming up at the weekend, hopefully we can take the three points.’’

Though he is desperate for a starring performance tomorrow, he does not believe it will help reopen the door to the Jets.

‘‘I’m not sure whether how I play will affect any opportunity at the Jets,’’ Pettit said.

‘‘I’m not sure if I went out and scored a hat-trick whether it would make a difference.

‘‘But personally I have a point to prove. I’ve always known that I’m good enough to get something there, but unfortunately it never happened.’’

Last season with the Jets he played a defensive midfield role or at left or right back, positions he does not believe best suit his talents.

‘‘I consider myself to be a left or right midfielder and last season I played 25minutes in those positions, so it makes it a little bit difficult to show exactly what you can do,’’ Pettit said.

‘‘I think if I did play in those positions a bit more, I would be in a different position to what I am now. However, I’m not one for sour grapes. They know what they are doing and I think the Jets will have a wonderful season.’’

Pettit plans to look for trials with A-League clubs or in Asian competitions after he finishes his exams in two weeks.

‘‘I know I’m good enough and I won’t rest until I get to where I want to be, it’s as simple as that,’’ he said.

Magic will be without captain and midfield maestro John Bennis, who was given two yellow cards last week.

Hakan Canli and Brad Waters will vie for his position.

Defender Josh Piddington is in doubt with a hamstring injury.

The Jets have Jacob Pepper out for a second week on suspension and have opted not to select James Virgili, who came back this week from a month-long break.

Magic coach Damien Smith believes the Jets’ superior fitness has been a key to their success this year but said his side would ‘‘take it to them’’ tomorrow.

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