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Ready for local derby

Skipper Declan Smith after scoring against Lions earlier this season.

Jets' captain Declan Smith says the squad is “ready to go again” after the four-week lockdown break.

“Everyone came back well to training on Saturday,” he said, “we had a good session, it got rid of the cobwebs.

“It was an intense session before normal training on Tuesday and Thursday ahead of this Saturday, which is a massive game.”

Brisbane Strikers travel to Wolter Park tomorrow (kick-off 6pm) for the first of six home matches in our next nine NPL fixtures.

Jets are currently seventh on the ladder, seven points off second place, but with games in hand on three of the six sides immediately above them.

Strikers are 12th but had two wins and a draw from their last five games, before the break, after losing their first 13 fixtures.

They have also won seven of our 17 NPL Qld fixtures since 2013. Jets have won five, including the 2015 grand final, with five draws.

“Strikers picked up a lot of form before the break and they are always a strong team,” said Declan, “it’s going not be interesting.

“We need to start off on the right foot. Every game now is crucial to get in the top four. We need to use home advantage as much as we can.

“We know how to play at Wolter Park and we need to make winning a habit, especially approaching the finals.

“I think there is a quiet confidence among the group, a confidence in our own ability. We just have to go out and execute it.”

Jets have a full squad to choose from tomorrow with the break allowing several knocks and injuries to heal.

Jets Under 23s, currently second in their competition, take on Strikers Under 23s, who are 11th, at Wolter Park at 3.45pm tomorrow.

Before that, our Under 18s, sitting fourth on the ladder, take on their Strikers counterparts who are ninth, at 1.30pm.

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