A-League: Hoff turns clock back for Jets’ finals fling

28/07/2019 Posted by admin

JASON Hoffman was 18 and in his first season as a professional footballer when he came off the bench to help the Newcastle Jets beat Central Coast 2-0 in the first leg of the 2007-08 major semi-finalat a heaving McDonald Jones Stadium.
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SEIZE THE MOMENT: Jason Hoffman and rookie Joe Champness celebrate a goal. Picture: Darren Pateman

Of course, the Jets went on to beat the Mariners in the grand final and secure the club’s first and only premiership.

It was a heady time.

Adecade later, Hoffmanis in a similar situation.

The Jets will host a grand-final qualifier against one of either Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory or Adelaide on Friday week.

“It will be massive,” Hoffman said.“Everyone knows the club hasn’t played finals football in a long time.

“The biggest thing–and I think our coach summed it up straight away–is that we need to enjoy the moment. There has been some fantastic players who haven’t had an opportunity to play finals football in their career. Whether you are young or an experienced player, you need to seize the opportunity and enjoy the moment.I will definitely enjoy the vibe and the preparation and hopefully we can achieve something specialnext Friday.”

The current squad boasts a handful of players who are in a similar position to that of Hoffman in 2008.

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If third-placed Melbourne City beat Brisbane (sixth) on Friday night, the Victorians will meet the Jets in the semi-final.

If the Roar record an upset, the Jets will play the winner of Sunday’s game between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide.

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