Having scaled the mountain with former club Adelaide United, Newcastle Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard knows what it takes to win the Westfield FFA Cup.
REPEATING THE DOSE WITH JETS
Boogard was a key member of the Reds' squad in 2014 when they won the first edition of the Westfield FFA Cup.
Ahead of Wednesday night's clash with his former club, Boogaard will lead a new-look Jets team into battle with the express aim of helping Ernie Merrick’s men to their first ever win in the competition.
“The (Westfield FFA) Cup is exciting every year. It’s obviously your first competitive game for the season," Boogaard said.
"I am looking forward to going back to Adelaide. I had some success there early on (in the Cup), so it should be exciting.”
“I have played at Marden a few times...it’s a tough old night out there, it’s cold, and sometimes the ball doesn’t sit too well on the pitch because it’s a bit bumpy, a bit hard.
“So I think it’s a bit of a leveller. When you have to travel and you have to play against teams in their home Stadium it’s a lot harder, so I think it will be a leveller for all of us.”
SETTING A BENCHMARK
As well as moving to the round of 16 and fighting for a piece of silverware later in the year, Boogaard is determined to win on Wednesday to ensure that the Jets keep having competitive fixtures to look train towards throughout the Hyundai A-League pre-season.
“The great thing about going well in the Westfield FFA Cup is that there is a (competitive) game to look forward to every fortnight,” he said.
“Pre-season is so long that you really want that game to have that focus towards.”