Newcastle take on the Young Socceroos in a friendly today, before their first A-League game against the Mariners in a fortnight.

With the likes of Kaine Sheppard, Ben Kantarovski and Wes Hoolahan all unavailable through injury, Thurgate is looking to push for a starting spot.

The 19-year-old, who can play in a wide midfield role or up front, is hoping to catch coach Ernie Merrick's eye.

"It's unfortunate that the boys got injured, it's part of the game," he said.

"There's plenty of players to fill the void, whether it be me or someone else. I put my name forward to play anywhere on the park, anywhere I can get a game.

"Whether it be in the midfield or out wide, it's creating chances and scoring chances, that's what I want to do. Wherever I play I'll try and get the most out of it. I'm comfortable wherever Ernie puts me."

Thurgate debuted for the Jets in January 2018 and has made 15 appearances for the club.

The midfielder, who came through Newcastle's youth ranks, has been working on his finishing in front of goal in pre-season.

"I need a bit more dominance, when I get my opportunities whether it's starting or off the bench, I'm looking to be positive and help the boys where I can," he said.

"I just try and improve my game however I can."

Thurgate has played four times for the Young Socceroos and is expected a tough test against the Under-20 national side.

"It's our last hitout before the season," he said.

"We want goal-scoring football, trying to get back to what we did two seasons when we made the finals. They will be a good test. Sharp and quick, it will be good to work on our sharpness and our match conditioning."