Brown drops back to regain spark

JETS coach Gary van Egmond is hoping a spell in the youth team will help James Brown to regain lost confidence after his lacklustre start at Newcastle.

The former Gold Coast attacking midfielder was the Jets' star signing before the recruitment of Emile Heskey but ankle surgery stalled his campaign.

The 22-year-old made a 30-minute return in round two of the NYL then was drafted into the first team and started in six straight games without finding his best form.

Youth League assistant coach James Pascoe said the Jets were confident Brown would soon put out the performances that made him hot property in the A-League.

"Gary's communicated to us and to him that he wants him to go back and get a bit of confidence again," Pascoe said.

"The feeling at the moment is that he's down on that a bit, so they want him to come back, no pressure, have a game, work hard and try and find his old self again.

"He didn't have a lot of game time under his belt and it's a big step up from youth league to A-League.

"Everyone is realistic in regards to James, we know we have an excellent player on our hands.

"He just has to find his best form so we've taken that pressure away from him and hopefully he can come and find that this week in the youth league and be back in the first squad starting team next week."

Pascoe said his side would be focused on facing a quality Adelaide line-up at Burton Park this morning and not the Jets' troubles with the Australian Taxation Office.

A Jets team containing A-League contracted players Jacob Pepper, Brown, Aleks Vrteski, Taylor Regan, Sam Gallaway and Marko Jesic will clash with the Reds from 10.30am.

They are set to come up against an Adelaide line-up that could feature the likes of 2010-11 A-League leading scorer former Socceroos Jon McKain, Sergio van Dijk, Zenon Caravella, Antony Golec and Daniel Bowles, who all played in the NYL last week.

With head Youth coach Clayton Zane currently in Perth with the A-League side, Pascoe trained the young Jets line-up yesterday and said news of the club's $1 million debt to the ATO was not a concern for the team.

He said players and staff had shown they could focus on the job at hand through uncertain times under the former ownership of Con Constantine and when current owner Nathan Tinkler attempted to return his A-League licence in April.

"We can't control it, what we can control is our performance tomorrow, so we're just worried about that," Pascoe said.

"In Newcastle we've been through it a few times, between Con and the licence being handed back, so we just put our heads down and work hard.

"We're completely unaffected by it because no one has ever not been paid or anything like that."

He said the team, who defeated defending premiers and leaders Central Coast 4-3 last week, were preparing for a mighty challenge today against the likes of van Dijk.

"As a club Adelaide are going along very well although the youth team is a couple of positions below us," he said.

"We've been preparing all week like we're going to come up against half of quality A-League side."

He said Brazilian Bernardo Ribeiro and veteran striker Michael Bridges, who were dropped along with Regan, Brown and Pepper after the 2-0 A-League loss to the Mariners, would not make the trip to Adelaide.

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