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Regan prepares to bend it with Beckham

By Nathan Ryan
26 November 2010 01:29PM EST

NEWCASTLE Jets defender Taylor Regan is gearing up for one of the biggest challenges of his life - containing his idol David Beckham.

Regan, who only debuted for the Jets just this year, will face off against his childhood hero on Saturday night when his side take on the LA Galaxy.

“When you’re a young footballer he’s who you want to be,” said Regan.

“He’s arguably the most well known footballer ever and I follow Manchester United.

“I have a few of his books and DVD’s too.”

Like the Galaxy, the Jets too have won their respective premierships twice but now the Novocastrians face a tough ask to repeat the feat this A-League season.

Fresher than their opponents, Galaxy captain Landon Donovan sent a warning on Thursday when his side arrived in Sydney.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder said his side will be looking to perform in this exhibition match without the pressures of regular season.

“We want to show ourselves well as the Galaxy and as our league,” said Donovan, who has been on loan to English side Everton.

“We look forward to Saturday night it will be a lot of fun.”

At 22 a former captain of the Jets youth team, Regan is at the beginning of his senior career.

Whilst the Newcastle junior admits he will be filled with nerves prior to kick off, he is already looking forward to post match.

“Come end of the game I can’t wait to see how many boys try to trade shirts with him (Beckham),” he said.

“It could be quite comical.”

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