Nigel Boogaard is one of the most established players in the A-League history, having played almost 220 A-League games across stints with the Central Coast Mariners, Adelaide United and the Newcastle Jets.
With the season postponed, here’s a review of the Newcastle Jets’ 2019-20 season.
For the most part of the 2019-20 season the Jets were an average side yo-yoing between the bottom two places on the table. But after a change of coach and new signings, the Jets started to find form, losing once in their past eight games before the season was suspended.
Season highlight: 3-0 win against Adelaide United – Round 23
Coming into their away clash against Adelaide, the Jets were showing signs of improvement and it was on full display, with a convincing win on the road.
Season low: 6-2 loss against Perth Glory – Round 11
Through the middle part of the season the Jets went nine games without a win. Their Round 11 clash was the worst performance during that run losing heavily in Perth 6-2. They conceded three goals in both halves getting torn apart in a game to forget.
End of season bonus: Angus Thurgate
The young midfielder has proven to be a worthy candidate for an end of season wage bonus. Thurgate has come on during the 2019-20 campaign for the Jets in the 21 games he’s played this season.
Though his two goals and one assist would suggest he hasn’t been impactful, he has played a large part in linking up attacking play for his side. He’s shown he can be clinical as well, with a successful pass distribution rate of 84 per cent.
Chopping block: Wes Hoolahan
Come the end of the season Hoolahan will be 38. Well into the back end of his career there’s not much reason to keep him on the books considering the situation which A-League clubs now find themselves to cut costs.
Considering he’s only played the five games due to injury and the depth of Ledley and Thurgate in midfield, the Jets should look to move him on come the end of the season.
Season score: 5/10
In what looked headed to be another disappointing year, the Jets turned the corner going undefeated seven out their last eight games before the season was suspended.
Carl Robinson’s appointment as manager has proven to be a good one, getting his players to perform in the business end of the season. Hopefully if the season resumes they can pick up from where they left off.