Jets hand armband to 13-year-old recruit

Newcastle Jets have had a number of players wearing the armband but few as inspirational as this 13-year-old Aussie battler.

New recruit Jacob Moore will take captain’s honours when the Jets take to the field against Perth Glory at Hunter Stadium this afternoon.

Jacob inked his one-game A-League contract with the club at his home in Singleton on Good Friday.

Jets coach Phil Stubbins said Jacob had been recruited for the game against Glory because of his exceptional inspirational and motivational qualities as well his relentless fighting spirit.

“People might look at Jacob’s age and wonder why we’ve signed such a youngster for today’s match, but for us Jacob possesses all the necessary traits to lead the team onto the field against Perth Glory,” Stubbins said. “He’s a fighter, a winner and an inspiration.”  

“Jacob has been battling Bilateral Optic Nerve Gliomas (a form of brain tumour) since 2011 and, when the club learnt of his fight, management moved to tie him to the team via the club’s ‘Jet Well Once In A Lifetime Experience’ supported by Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

“So instead of Taylor Regan wearing the captain’s armband onto the field this round, we’ve bestowed the honour upon Jacob. Jacob will then wrap the armband around Taylor’s arm just before kick-off.”

Before the teams walk out just before 5pm today Jacob will watch the Jets warm-up pitch side and attend the final team briefing.

When the match starts he will take in the action alongside his parents, as well as Doctor Frank Alvaro and Lucas Coleman from the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, just behind the team bench.

Post-match Jacob will head back down the tunnel to offer his congratulations or commiserations to his teammates.

Jacob said he will wish the team luck before leading them onto the pitch in front of thousands of fans inside Hunter Stadium and watching live on FOX SPORTS.

Jacob has received a personalised Newcastle Jets kit to sport throughout his experience and to keep as a memento from today.