Newcastle Jets W-League: Jenna Kingsley keen to make up for lost time

Jenna Kingsley celebrates with friends after her goal on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Jenna Kingsley celebrates with friends after her goal on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

IN her third W-League season at Newcastle, striker Jenna Kingsley finally feels back to where she was before two knee reconstructions derailed her career.

Now Kingsley is aiming to lift the Jets into the finals for first time in nine seasons.

Kingsley scored the match-winner against Western Sydney Wanderers in a 2-1 win on Sunday and will be a key player again when they host Sydney FC in round two at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.

She hopes the back-post header is the first of many goals this season as she looks to make up for lost time. Kingsley played for Australia in 2008 and was a young star on the rise before injury struck. The Jets then handed her a lifeline in 2015.

Jenna Kingsley celebrates after her goal on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Jenna Kingsley celebrates after her goal on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

“My first W-League season wasn’t very great here,” Kingsley said. “Last year, at the end of the season, was getting towards where I wanted to be, but this season I’ve got no excuses with that. I feel much stronger and quicker, and getting back to where I was when I was 18.”

The 25-year-old scored five goals last season but has set her sights this campaign on doubling that figure.

“Ten goals is what the top scorers from the other teams are getting the past couple of seasons, so I’d like to be up around that mark. Obviously more would be better.”

“Because of the two knee reconstructions, it’s taken a while for me to get back into stride and get my speed back up to scratch.

“I think [coach Craig Deans] can see that’s getting where it needs to be, at W-League level, so I’m happy with where I’m at and I want to be scoring goals.

“I got five last year and I want to score a lot more than that so we can be effective and make the semis.”