Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Jack Duncan is itching for a finals berth, saying it would be a failure for the Hunter side not to return to the play-offs.
The Jets are enduring a baron spell of nearly seven years without a finals appearance, but have put themselves in a strong position to reach the top six.
They are currently eighth on 22 points, but are just one win behind sixth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers and face each of the teams surrounding them in the final five games of the season, including the Red and Black.
Newcastle visit Melbourne City this weekend but are unlikely to claim a top six place for the short-term at least, with the Wanderers due to face seventh-placed Wellington Phoenix.
Speaking exclusively on Thursday’s Daily Football Show, Duncan remained eager for a shot at finals, but pointed out a series of hurdles overcome by the Jets.
“I think within the league, if you’re looking at six out of 10 teams getting in the finals, then if you’re not there, it is a bit of a failure in that aspect,” Duncan said.
“I think for ourselves personally with the disruption that we had with the gaffer (Mark Jones) coming in so close to the season and changing things on the run, the first kind of month or two, there was a bit inconsistency in our performances trying to put into place what he wanted.
“In the middle part of the season, we did that really well. We got some good results and we were looking good.
“We’ve had quite a bad year with injuries, a lot of senior players out, especially at the start of the season.
“Things like that derail a season, but looking into the back five games we’ve got left, we’re in a decent position and if we can put ourselves in there with a good couple of results over the next few weeks, then we can have a successful season if we get into the top six.”