TEAM NEWS: Big ins for Jets clash

Six players have returned to our 18-man squad for tomorrow night's clash against the Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium (6:50pm KO QLD time).

Experienced duo Avram Papadopoulos and Captain Matt McKay have both been included in the extended squad after returning from suspension, while triple-Championship winner Ivan Franjic has also been named for the first time since Round 11.

Young, dangerous attacker Shannon Brady is also in contention to play his first minutes of Hyundai A-League action this campaign with his first appearance in the 18-man squad in season 2017/18.

Brady returns after being sidelined through injury for the first half of the campaign as does 20-year-old defender Connor O'Toole, who missed Monday's clash with Sydney FC due to concussion, and teenage midfielder Adam Sawyer.

Tomorrow's clash against the Jets will be the second meeting between the clubs this season after the Jets took the points back in Round 3.


Hyundai A-League Round 16: Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
McDonald Jones Stadium
Friday, 12 January (6:50pm KO QLD time)


Goalkeepers: 21.Jamie YOUNG, 31.Brendan WHITE

Defenders: 2.Dane INGHAM, 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 19.Jack HINGERT, 24.Connor O'TOOLE

Midfielders: 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 27.Adam SAWYER

Attackers: 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 20.Shannon BRADY, 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 36.Daniel LECK, 77.Ivan FRANJIC

Ins: 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS (returns from suspension), 17.Matt MCKAY (returns from suspension), 20.Shannon BRADY (promoted), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (promoted) 27.Adam SAWYER (promoted), 77.Ivan FRANJIC (returns from injury)

Outs: 4.Daniel BOWLES (not selected), 16.Mitchell OXBORROW (general soreness – 1 week), 25.Rahmat AKBARI (not selected), 33.Petros SKAPETIS (not selected)

Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (finger – 2 weeks), 10.Brett HOLMAN (calf – 1 week), 11.Corey GAMEIRO (groin – 1 week), 13.Jade NORTH (groin – TBC), 18.Joe CALETTI (foot – 10 weeks), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (ankle – 1 week)