JETS assistant coach Craig Deans said pride and competition for places would ensure motivation remained high for an intraclub trial on Wednesday.
The Jets were to play a NSW Premier League club in Sydney, but that hit out was cancelled leaving the first and youth teams to go head-to-head at Ray Watt Oval.
VIDEO: James Gardiner speaks to Jets assistant coach Craig Deans. Video by Jonathan Carroll.
The youth team trumped the first XI 2-1 in a fiery clash at Hunter Valley Grammar a week ago and Deans expected another intense battle.
‘‘We got a lot out of the game last week and and hopefully it’s the same Wednesday,’’ Deans said.
‘‘It will be a good opportunity for the so-called starting XI to show they are the starting XI.
‘‘They are professional footballers and should want to win every time they play.
‘‘We don’t want 14 people who want to play and nine here to make up the numbers. We want 23 people who want to play.’’
Veteran English striker Michael Bridges resumed running today but will not be considered for Wednesday.
‘‘He is coming along well,’’ Deans said.
‘‘He did a few light sessions towards the end of last week and a good session with the physio today. Hopefully he will be back in full training in the next seven-to-10 days.’’
The Jets still have two places to fill on their roster.
‘‘Hopefully we will sort the No.9 situation out in the next week or two,’’ Deans said.
‘‘Gary and Robbie have been talking to a couple of players.
‘‘The sooner we get it done the better, but at the same time we still have nine weeks before the start of the season.’’