The Newcastle Jets are set to be bolstered by the return of midfield metronome Libby Copus-Brown ahead of their must-win battle with Adelaide United.
The 22-year-old was suspended for the club’s eleventh-round fixture against Perth after accumulating the maximum amount of yellow cards. She was forced to watch as the team tumbled to a season-breaking 4–2 loss to the west coast squad.
After spending the involuntary week out of the matchday squad, interim boss Ash Wilson has slotted the Newcastle star straight back into her midfield. She is expected to lineup alongside Clare Wheeler in a two-player pivot behind the attack.
Ahead of them, as usual, should be the Jets strikeforce in Teigan Collister, Jenna Kingsley, and leading goalscorer Tara Andrews. Lauren Allan has also put her hand up to again start on the wing, after scoring against the Glory last round.
While the season’s results haven’t been the best for the Jets, and their latest loss nipped a playoff berth in the bud, Copus-Brown admits she’s still been having a “fantastic” season behind the scenes as she looks to cement her place in the midfield.
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“This has been one of the best seasons culture-wise that I’ve been involved in, it’s very local, and very young, but I think that is something that we need to use to our advantage, it’s a good feeling to have your friends around you,” she said.
“We’ve proven that we can get results with a squad like this before, we just have to prove it again, it’s about making sure we can show it on the pitch. We’ve played together for a long time now, so we know how everyone plays. That helps.”
Tessa Tamplin, and co-captains Cassidy Davis, Gema Simon, and Hannah Brewer are all expected to start in a defensive four ahead of Claire Coelho.
Sophie Nenadovic, Nicole Simonsen, Paige Kingston-Hogg, and Renee Poutney all started on the bench last round against Perth, but at least one is expected to make way for Pana Petratos, who will return to the pine to make way for Copus-Brown.
Wilson has also been left without Nicki Flannery, who is still at least a week away from returning from her leg injury. Annabel Martin (knee) is also still on the road to recovery, but news inside the camp suggests she may be back within the fortnight.
Newcastle Jets gameday squad: Hannah Brewer, Cassidy Davis, Gema Simon, Sophie Nenadovic, Tara Andrews, Libby Copus-Brown, Pana Petratos, Tessa Tamplin, Lauren Allan, Renee Poutney, Jenna Kingsley, Clare Wheeler, Claire Coelho (GK), Teigan Collister, Nicole Simonsen (GK), Paige Kingston-Hogg.