Newcastle Jets: Teenager impresses Merrick in pre-season hit out
ON THE BALL: Pat Langlois battles Magic winger Dino Fajkovic in the Jets’ 5-1 win on Wednesday night. The teenage defender has impressed Jets coach Ernie Merrick. Picture: Sproule Sports Focus. LITTLE-KNOWN centre back Patrick Langlois wasplucked from the Jets youth team to help fill a void for the club’s opening two pre-season trial games.
Skipper Nigel Boogaard (ankle) has made a late start to the pre-season and Lachlan Jackson is on duty with the Olyroos in Myanmar.
Such has been the performance of Langlois, the 17-year-oldis set to be offered a scholarship and train with the senior squad.
Langlois, who played under-22s for Broadmeadow Magic last season, was near faultless in the Jets’ 5-1 win over his old club on Wednesday.He read the game well, got a foot in when required and was composed playing out from the back.
“I am very happy with young Patty Langlois,” coach Ernie Merricksaid. “He did really well. There are quality players in this town. I said that from the start.”
Boogaard is set to make his first appearance of the pre-season against the Mariners in a closed trial at Tuggerah on Wednesday.
“We have nine under-20s training with us and some of them are very good, there is no doubt about that,” Merrick said. “We probably just have too many, but that doesn’t stop us from coaching them and encouraging them and playing them when we need them. We had three away with the Olympic team and that shows we are getting a bit of depth around our squad.”
Merrick was happy with the trial and had special praise for Magic coach Ruben Zadkovich.
“You can see Magic are well coached by Ruben,” he said. “I had a good chat to him before the game and he has really good ideas as a coach.
“I thought the whole environment was good and the quality of football was good from both sides.They had some really good patches and have some good players. Their little left-foot winger(Sam Webb)was very good. I think he came through the Emerging Jets.
Meanwhile, the Olyroos played Singapore overnight after opening their Asian under-23 Championship qualifying tournament with a 2-0 win over Brunei.Nick Cowburn started at right back but Jackson and Devante Clut were not used. The Olyroos meet Myanmar on Sunday.