March 27, 2015 11:26:10 UK
Newcastle Jets will come up against the player who coach Phil Stubbins sees as their potential next captain when they host Adelaide United on Sunday.
The Jets signed United vice-captain Nigel Boogaard last month, on a deal starting at the end of this season. Stubbins’ side are out of contention for the Finals Series, but still have a fight on their hands to avoid the wooden spoon.
While he will be aiming for three points against the Reds, the Jets coach has opened up on his long-term plans by talking of Boogaard as a future leader of his club. The defender will be returning to his home city when he leaves Adelaide, for whom he has played since 2010.
I see him as a pivotal signing for the club.
Stubbins said: “I see him as a pivotal signing for the club; as a package, Nigel brings a lot of very, very good things to the table. We are building to make ourselves a very competitive outfit next season and signing Nigel will provide us with some very good natural leadership.
“Without saying who is going to be our (new season) captain, Nigel is a player who leads from the front, has the total respect of his peers and plays in a way that is totally team-focused.”
The Jets have a score to settle with United after being thrashed 7-0 by them at Coopers Stadium in their last meeting in January.
Adelaide are 1.61 to beat Newcastle, who are 5.50 with the draw 3.75.
Stubbins’ side go into the game with the boost of having re-signed young attacking utility Mitch Cooper for two more years. Cooper, who has been with Newcastle since 2012, said: “There’s so much improvement and potential here, and I want to be a big part of it.”
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