Jets factor Cartwright into equation

NEW ARRIVAL: Renee Cartwright before training at Newcastle University yesterday.- Picture by Peter Stoop
NEW ARRIVAL: Renee Cartwright before training at Newcastle University yesterday.- Picture by Peter Stoop

COMMONWEALTH Bank credit analyst Renee Cartwright is savvy enough with numbers to know that the bottom line for the Newcastle W-League Jets is not good.

But that did not stop her from signing with the Jets yesterday.

The Macarthur Rams attacking midfielder will fill the 20th and final spot on the Jets roster, which was initially being held for Matildas striker Kate Gill before she signed with Perth.

The Jets have scored one goal and conceded seven in four matches to sit at the bottom of the ladder.

Jets coach Wayne O'Sullivan is confident Cartwright will help turn things around.

"She's been through the NSWIS [Institute of Sport] programs in Sydney, so she's familiar with other girls in the league," O'Sullivan said.

"She's a very tenacious kind of player, so I think she'll bring a little controlled aggression to that midfield area of the field, which we might need at times, and a level head.

"She's scored goals in the [NSW Women's Premier] league as well, so we're hoping she might be able to chip in from that point of view as well."

The Jets' goalscoring woes are well documented.

Last Saturday 15-year-old Tara Andrews finally broke the drought with an 87th-minute header, but she is away for three weeks with the under-17 Australian team.

Cartwright scored 12 goals for Macarthur this year in the NSW Women's Premier League and helped her side reach the grand final for the third season in succession, only to lose 6-1 to Illawarra.

Cartwright missed the final through suspension.

Born and bred in the NSW Southern Tablelands town of Crookwell, the 23-year-old moved to Sydney in her teens to chase her football dreams and it led to her selection in the Young Matildas' 2004 and 2006 World Cup qualifying campaigns.

Work commitments have slowed her football career, but she hopes to reignite it by making her W-League debut against Melbourne on Saturday.

"It's good to get back into that level of competition and I'm just looking to continue to build on the work Sully [O'Sullivan] and the girls have done," Cartwright said.

"They've been playing some good football, so hopefully I can help out."

Cartwright's signing could not have come at a better time for the Jets, who have up to five players unavailable this weekend due to HSC exams and international duties.

Harmonie Attwill and Nicole Jones will come into contention as replacements.

Left back Gema Simon is also likely to play after being cleared of a bad knee injury.