W-League: Jenna Kingsley keen to light up attacking game at Newcastle Jets

By admin • 苏州性息 • 18 May 2019

AGGRESSIVE: Jenna Kingsley takes on Sydney last season at McDonald Jones Stadium. JENNA Kingsley hopes a change off the pitch will spark aturnaround on it after a disappointing personal return last W-League season.
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The 26-year-old and fellow attacker Cortnee Vine were announced as re-signings for the Newcastle Jets on Tuesday ahead of the club’s official return to training next Monday.

It will be Kingsley’s fourth season at the Jets and Vine’s second.

While the Jets enjoyed a breakthrough 2017-18 season with athird-place finish,Kingsley was disappointed to score just once after starting every game.

Shehad her sights set on 10 goalsfor the campaign after scoring the match-winner in the season-opener against her former club Western Sydney Wanderers.

Last season, Kingsley was juggling football with her job as a landscaper. She said the demanding outdoor work, oftenin hot conditions,left her physically and mentally drained for afternoon training.

This time around, Kingsley is working as an electrical trade assistant and she hopes the change will help her football.She is also coming off a Herald Women’s Premier League season in which she finished top scorer for premiers Warners Bay with 27 goals.

However, she was focused on bigger goals ahead.

“I’m not looking at that, I want to score in the W-League,” Kingsley said.

“Last year I only scored one and I wasn’t happy with that performanceand I definitely want to build on that this year.I think with my own game, I wasn’t as aggressive [last season].

“When I got the ball I tended to release it rather than run at players, and my asset is my speed, so I think I need to use that more this year and be a bit more confident with taking players on.

“Ithink in the WPLI was doing that a lot more this year with Cass [Davis] behind me playing good balls into me, so I definitely want to build on that.

“If I’m not scoring more goals, I want to be creating more chances as well.”

Vine, 20, was used mainly off the benchin 11 games for the Jets last season and returns after 22 goals in 18 matches forSydney University in the NPL NSW competition.

Jets coachCraig Deans was pleased to retain the attacking pair.

“Jenna and Cortnee have been keeping busy over the off-season and playing really well,” Deans said in a statement.

“Our focus is again on playing exciting, attacking football this season and they’ll play a big role in that.

“Jenna and Cortneeeach had great seasons in 2017-18, and I’m hoping they can kick on with things once again this year.

“I’m excited to have the pair back on board, and with the local leagues now finished and NWSL coming to a close, we’re looking forward to making more announcements in the lead up to the season.”

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