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TARA ANDREWS REDISCOVERS HER LOVE FOR FOOTBALL

She took a break from football two years ago, but former Matilda Tara Andrews says she’s rediscovered her love for the game. The 24-year-old was eased back in during the last W-League season, then played for New Lambton in the WPL. Despite scoring 17 goals, she believes she still has work to do. “I guess compared to previous years I’m not at that level, fitness wise and with my touch but I want to try and get back to that level so hopefully this season I can be consistent and get back on the park as much as possible.” Andrews wasn’t just playing football during winter, she also helped Wests to a premiership in local netball. “It is very hard on your body and I was a little worried but I don’t think I got injured once at netball and …

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LEWIS ITALIANO SIGNS A ONE YEAR DEAL WITH NEWCASTLE

It’s been on the cards for a few weeks, but today the Jets formally announced the signing of keeper Lewis Italiano on a one year deal. During five seasons with Wellington, Italiano made 19 appearances in goals. The 27-year-old has spent time as the back up to former Phoenix and current Newcastle keeper, Glen Moss, while also being coached by Ernie Merrick. “I’ve known Ernie, signed me at Wellington, obviously worked under Mossy so yeah I think they can bring the best out of me and I can definitely help them.” Italiano is likely to play his first official game for the Jets this Saturday against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Maitland’s Number One Sportsground at midday.

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CRUMMER NAMED IN MATILDAS SQUAD WHILE JETS ADD TWO MORE SIGNINGS

Emily van Egmond will be rested from the Matildas upcoming two-match European tour following the arduous American season, but her Newcastle team mate Larissa Crummer has retained her spot. Meanwhile the Jets have announced two more signings, with Cassidy Davis and Hannah Brewer locked in for the 2018/19 season. Brewer would love to earn a recall to the Australian side, but also has higher aspirations for her club.

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