JET-SETTERS: Fans packed Maitland Sportsground for the Newcastle Jets’ 2-all draw with Central Coast. The Jets will play Western Sydney at the same venue on September 29.FIRST it was Usain Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners, now Western Sydney Wanderers will be making the journey to Maitland Sportsground to the take on the Newcastle Jets.
The Jets will tackle the Wanderers in a friendly onSeptember 29 at noon.
The match is the Jets’ final hit out, at this stage, before their season opener away to Wellington on October 21.
“The most important thing at that time of the pre-season is to play on a really good surface,” Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna said. “When we played against the Mariners, the surface was really good. The rugby league season has finished now and the surface will probably be even better for the Wanderers game. That was the most important thing to both teams.”
A crowd of 3500 were on hand for the Jets’ 2-all draw with the Mariners. The earlier kick off time for this game is to avoid a clash with the AFL grand final.
“When weplayed the Mariners, Maitland Council and Maitland Football Club made it a great event and there were 3500 people there who had a great afternoon,” McKinna said. “Because we did get a good crowd up there, it is good to go up again. I’m sure Wanderers fans will travel up.”
The Jets play Wanderers, who have a new coach in GermanMarkus Babbel,in round five away.
McKinna returned on Friday from Singapore where he met with several European agents.
“It was more about building relationships,” McKinna said. “You can never have enough contacts in football. You never know when you will need a player who they can assist with.”