Edgeworth coach Damian Zane will guide an NPL select side to take on the Newcastle Jets in a trial set for July 20 at Magic Park.
The Jets have not played a pre-season match against a Northern NSW representative side since 2013 but the concept is being revived.
Zane has been asked to steer the side and he was glad to take on the role despite his duties with leaders Edgeworth, which include a trip to Cairns to play Far North Queensland in the FFA Cup round of 32 on July 27. That fixture was confirmed Tuesday along with the Jets versus Melbourne Victory on August 3 at Magic Park and Lambton Jaffas away to Devonport on August 10.
Zane said the game would be a chance for the NPL’s best young talent and standout players to impress.
“I love Newcastle and I want more of our players to get recognition and hopefully in the future pass up into the A-League,” Zane said. “I think our comp is becoming stronger and they are starting to recognise that not all players get spotted early and go through systems.”
“Some are late developers and I think down the track there’s going to be more of that happening.”