Jets' cup run has Silver lining


Jets young guns: from left - Declan Smith, Byron Sinnerton, Lachlan Strogusz, Corey Salvati.

Jets looking to their next generation 


THE Silver Boot Cup is giving Jets a glimpse of silverware - and the future.


Jets’ team sheet for the 2-1 Silver Boot Cup semi-final victory over Easts included young guns Byron Sinnerton, Declan Smith, Corey Salvati and Lachlan Strogusz.


The starting line-up included left back Salvati, 16 and midfielder Strogusz, 18. Midfielder Sinnerton, 18 and striker Smith, 18, were on the bench.


In fact it was Sinnerton who grabbed the glory in the dying stages of extra-time, coming on and grabbing the dramatic winner.


Smith and Salvati are home grown, joining Jets when the NPL Queensland started in 2013. Sinnerton was with ACE and has been at Jets in two spells. Strogusz joined last season.


Add in the likes of attacking midfielder Omar Sidiqi, another who joined Jets in 2013 as well as young goalkeeper Ryan Atkins and we can see how the Silver Boot Cup is showcasing Jets’ next generation.


“There are a couple knocking on the door of the senior team,” said Jets' technical director Adam Piddick. 


“It’s always good to have depth in a squad, players who can step in and know the roles.


“We’re hoping to have players come off the (senior) bench this season and step up to the next level.”


Byron Sinnerton, who has been used at right back, did not believe “stepping up” had not been a major issue in the Silver Boot Cup competition.


“With the training, this year and last year, it’s not been a big step,” he said. “The 20s are integrated with the seniors and the environment helps you improve.”


Declan Smith added: “The Silver Boot Cup has been intense, very fast, and good quality. Different games, different senarios. We’re (registered) Under 20 players but Adam gives a lot of chances, if you play well.”


Timing and judging when to give players a “chance” is vital and something Jets are handling well, said Robert Sinnerton, Byron’s father.


“I think Adam and club has a very good handle on players’ development, their capabilities and giving them the right exposure to senior level,” he said.


“Players take realistic steps and a pathway to the seniors is there, I think it becomes apparent from 16 to 18 or 19. It’s a competitive environment, but there are opportunities.”