JETS dynamo Dimi Petratos hopes to be playing alongside Roy O'Donovan and Ronny Vargas beyond the end of this season.
Newcastle's highest-profile imports are off contract, along with Brazilian winger Jair, and facing uncertain futures.
O'Donovan said last week he was continuing to negotiate with Newcastle management after receiving an offer for a one-season extension, while the Jets have deferred a decision on marquee midfielder Vargas until the end of the season.
Jair appears likely to be released after struggling to impress, scoring two goals in his 20 games so far.
Petratos, who played his 50th game for Newcastle in last week's 3-2 win against Western Sydney, has developed a close understanding with O'Donovan and Vargas over the past two years, on and off the field.
He was hopeful that would continue.
"Of course," he said.
"We've got a great connection. They're great players. They bring a lot to the team and to the club.
"In the end, it's up to them, but of course myself and the rest of the team would like to keep them on."
Of course myself and the rest of the team would like to keep them on.DIMI PETRATOS
Petratos and O'Donovan started up front on Sunday against Perth at HBF Park, alongside young flyer Joey Champness.
Vargas, who missed the win against Wanderers with an ankle injury, was expected to come off the bench.
Newcastle needed a miracle to make the finals. After 24 games, they had scored 32 goals. At the corresponding point of last season, they had scored 49.
Petratos suggested opponents had been more wary of Newcastle after reaching the grand final last season with an up-tempo, attacking style of play.
"I think teams have given us a good amount of respect," he said.
"They get behind the ball very quickly. It took us a while to adapt to that.
"But we've learned from that and had a few wins towards the end of the season, and I think we've gotten a lot better."
Petratos took time before the Jets flew to Perth on Friday to visit his friend Mike Helwe at Barber Industries, Westfield Kotara, who is providing discounted haircuts for $10 this weekend to raise funds for the Kids with Cancer Foundation.
"I come here for my haircuts," Petratos said. "He makes me feel very welcome and it's a great thing he's going to do on the weekend."