Newcastle Jets‘ preparations for the next W-League season are underway with key names being secured for another campaign.
Pictured above: Gema Simon, centre, celebrates with her Newcastle Jets team-mates. Photo: Getty Images.
Newcastle Jets followed up the recent news of a new contract for highly respected head coach Ash Wilson by announcing yesterday that co-captains Gema Simon and Cassidy Davis have signed on for another season.
Simon has 138 W-League games to her name and scored 10 goals in her career making the left-back a stalwart of the Jets side and part of the club for 2008’s inaugural W-League season.
“I love playing for my hometown and representing the people of Newcastle,” Simon said.
“This will be my 13th season with the Jets and honestly there is nowhere else I’d rather play.
“I’m not sure how many more I’ll have left, so I’ll be savouring every moment and focusing on ensuring I am as prepared as possible to help the team succeed this upcoming season.”
With 11 Matildas caps under her belt, the 30-year-old was a key signing for W-League Coach Ash Wilson.
“To have Gem back on board for another season with the Jets is very pleasing,” Wilson said.
“She is our most capped W-League player and her leadership and experience has been invaluable to this team both on and off the pitch.
“The attributes she brings to both our attack and defence will also play a key role in the type of performances we want to produce.”
The retention of Cassidy Davis was also hugely important for the Jets. Debuting for the club in 2013, Davis has played 97 games across eight seasons and holds the record for consecutive W-League appearances.
The 26-year-old local product said it was important to her on a personal note, to remain a one-team player.
“I’m delighted to stay on with my hometown club,” Davis said.
“I’ve played the past eight seasons with the Jets and I don’t think there is a better place or team for me.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming campaign and to seeing what our W-League team can achieve.
“It’s a really exciting time to be at the Newcastle Jets and I just can’t wait to get started.”
W-League Coach Ash Wilson said, securing the co-captain of the team was a key move for the club to make as they begin to assemble the squad for the upcoming season.
“I’m very happy to be able to re-sign Cass Davis. Not only is she a leader both on and off the field as one of our co-captains, she’s someone that can be relied upon to work hard and put the team first,” Wilson said.
“It is something we as a club value and her proven durability and mentality in this competition will be important for us moving forward.”