O'Sullivan tips Jets to be in finals mix

NEWCASTLE Jets W-League coach Wayne O'Sullivan thinks this could be his side's golden year.

He said an injection of professionalism and the lessons learnt from last year's wooden spoon finish would put the side in good stead for the finals this year.

The W-League's third season kicks off on November 6.

O'Sullivan has put players through a gruelling year-round training process to find his squad of 18.

He has retained most of last year's squad and added three seasoned players.

New signings include Melissa Feuerriegel ,a Queensland girl who comes to the Jets from the US where she was playing college football in Georgia, Brisbane Roar's Sasha McDonnell and Melbourne Victory's Kara Mowbray.

Jets captain Hayley Crawford leads a pack of familiar local faces including Carlie Ikonomou,Hannah Cole, Gema Simon, Maddy Searl, Tara Andrews, Amber Neilson, Kate Hensman and Leia Smith.

The Jets host the Brisbane Roar in the first of five home games on November 20 at Wanderers Oval.

They feature in the televised match of the round on December 10 when they play Canberra at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

The W-League has been reduced to seven teams this year after Central Coast dropped out of the competition.

O'Sullivan has not ruled out the late signing of Newcastle-born Matildas midfielder Lauren Colthorpe, who is trialling with a club in Denmark.