RD 18: Saturday: Jaffas v Charlestown, Valentine v Maitland, Jets Youth v Weston. Sunday: Hamilton v Edgeworth, Broadmeadow v Adamstown.Valentine have gained a valuable player in attempts to improve their facilities.
Former Jets chief Robbie Middleby, who now works for FIFA, coaches juniors at Valentine is helping the club in talks with Northern NSW Football and Lake Macquarie City Council about their future home.
Phoenixare at Belmont’sCahill Oval, a multi-sport pitch, but hope to move to CB Complex at Valentine.
The club, who have met with NNSWF and LMCC in recent weeks, have improved the CB Complex surface but it still requires fencing andamenities for officials to meet NPL standards.
Phoenix president Steven Screen said both venues were part of redevelopment master plans but nofunds had been allocated at Belmont.
“Wehaven’t moved much further on whether to play therenext year,” Screen said of CB Complex, which is still years away from completed redevelopments.
”We are between arock and a hard place as to where best to put funds.”
It appears the club will remain atCahill Oval, which will be given anew surface of couch grass after this season.
** Valentine coach Darren Sills has declared American imports Jalon Brown and Alec Faulkner will stay with the club next season –if they can stay in the country.
Brown has been a revelation this year and is equal leading scorer in the NPL with 11 goals.Valentine hope to help the US pair find suitable work and overcome visa obstacles.
**IncomingCharlestown coach David Tanchevski has added former Jaffas defender Kev Davison to his 2018 roster as hecontinues to buildbehind the scenes.
Kevin Davison, right, in action for the Jaffas last year.
Davison, a former Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder, played under Tanchevski at the Jaffas and was part of their 2014 premiershipside.
He dropped downthis year toZone Premier League toplay at the Newcastle Suns. Tanchevski said Davison was one of his first targets and he was thrilled to add him to Hamilton trio of Kane Goodchild, Scott Smith and Grant Brown as confirmed recruits.
The Blues, meanwhile, announcedformer coach Mark Wilson would return to take over theirunder-20s.