Boogaard happy with Jets gamble

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June 23, 2015 11:48:18 UK

Phil Stubbins has departed the Jets following a lacklustre season.

Nigel Boogaard believes the new coaching team in charge of Newcastle Jets will give him a chance of winning things after his move from Adelaide United.

The defender took something of a gamble by signing for the Jets in mid-February, with the move to take effect at the end of the season.

He completed the deal just three weeks after Newcastle’s 7-0 thrashing at the hands of United, when he scored one of the goals that precipitated a mid-season clear-out by Jets coach Phil Stubbins.

The Hunter Valley club were in crisis at the time the 28-year-old signed, and things hardly improved in the rest of the season as they picked up the wooden spoon.

I could’ve easily stayed in Adelaide and been part of a semi-successful team.

Nigel Boogaard

But with Newcastle having appointed Scott Miller as their new coach, assisted by Jean-Paul de Marigny, Boogaard is confident better times are ahead for his new team.

Though Adelaide picked up nearly three times as many points as the Jets last season, finishing third in the table, the man who played 98 games for them certainly doesn’t regard the move as a backward step.

The appeal of returning to his home town was also a significant factor for the former Australia U-23 international.

“I could’ve easily stayed in Adelaide and been part of a semi-successful team and a team that’s quite balanced and has been established for a few years,” he said.

“But I saw the challenge to come back here not only to be back home and be in this football community but the challenge of being part of a team that really is pushing to make finals and hopefully bringing that success they had earlier in the A-League.”

Speaking after his first pre-season training session with Newcastle, who are 26.00 to win the Grand Final, Boogaard said Miller’s energy and experience from his time with Fulham would be key assets.

He added: “J.P has been around the traps and he’s got a lot of experience. He’s off the back of a premiership-winning team last year with Melbourne Victory and he brings a great deal of experience to us.”

Meanwhile, Australia are 17.00 to win the Women’s World Cup.

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