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A-League: Jets defender shoots for a slice of history

CONFIDENT: Daniel Georgievski could sense early that the Newcastle Jets had the ingredients for a successful campaign despite the club’s doubters. Picture: Darren Pateman (AAP)DANIEL Georgievski likes to delveinto a city’s history. Listentostories. Discoverhow itfunctions. Its hearbeat. Its soul.

The Jets defender and his soon-to-be wife, Emily, are journeying toHavana, Cuba, for their honeymoon in July“to experience the culture and see its transformation from communism”.

They, in his words, “love that stuff”.

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Before signing with the Jets, Georgievski, who spent a large slice of his career in Croatia and Romania, explored the history of Newcastle.

He was subsequently lured by the changing face of the city, the beach culture and proud football heritage.

“I love a city that has a story,” the 30-year-old Macedonian international said.

CROWD FAVOURITE: Daniel Georgievski celebrates with the Newcastle faithful. Picture: Darren Pateman (AAP)

On Friday, Georgievski and his Jets teammates hope to add another chapter to Newcastle’ssporting folklore.

The Jets host the A-League’s youngest–and richest–club Melbourne City at what is certain tobe a heaving McDonald Jones Stadium.

At stake is a place in the grand final, and for the Jets a shot a second championship, a decade on from the club’s lone title.

That win–agripping1-0 triumph over the Mariners at Allianz Stadium on February 24, 2008–was the day a region with arich football tapestry finally had the chance to beat its chest.

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“Growing up, I had travelled to Newcastle a few times with my cousins and absolutely loved it,” Georgievski said.“I knew a little bit about the history of the cityand its close ties to BHP. My fiancee also loves looking into the heritage of a city and once we looked further into Newcastle, it was quite interesting.I didn’t know much about the A-League until I moved back to Australia. I knew the Jets had won it before. We weremore interestedinthe city and how it went frombeing a BHP town–a coal-mining town–into a proper city.”

The biggest attraction for Georgievski was“how beautiful the beaches are”.

Though intoxicatedby the laid back coastallifestyle, a dream for a kid fromBlacktown in Sydney’s west, Georgievski was given some matter-of-fact advice from respected journalist,authorand Newcastle footballaficionado, Neil Jameson.

“He told me that it was a beautiful city but not to fall into the same trap as players in the past,” Georgievski said.“Life is like a holiday here, but don’t make your football like a holiday. That was the perfect advice.We live in one of the best spots in Newcastle and I’m really grateful that I get to wake up and listen to the ocean everyday.As a player you are not here on a holiday, you are here to entertain.”

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