Newcastle’s international star Emily van Egmond has confirmed her return to the Newcastle Jets for the 2018/19 season, as part of the two year handshake agreement between herself and Craig Deans in 2017.
The 25-year-old attacking midfield has already clocked up 48 games for her home-town team, and is looking to go one further than the semi-final berth Deans’ squad earned in last season’s W-League campaign.
“I feel refreshed and ready to go,” van Egmond said at her re-signing announcement on Thursday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium.
“Last season was massive for our squad, with the success we had on the pitch and the way the Jets took care of us off the pitch.
“Our training base at No.2 Sportsground, the crowds to all of our home games to have the football community embrace the team the way they did was special.
“I love being back in Newcastle and playing with the Jets, I’ve settled right back in after being away and can’t wait to get back out on the pitch for our first game in just over a month.”
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Van Egmond’s re-signing news also came on the same day it was revealed Matildas sensation Sam Kerr would become the league’s first official marquee player when she signs with former team Perth Glory.
Traditionally, the marquee fund has been reserved for A-League players with clubs like Sydney FC who dipped into for Dwight Yorke and Alessandro Del Piero, Melbourne City for Tim Cahill and Melbourne Victory for current A-League Marquee Keisuke Honda.
The announcement is a landmark moment for women’s football in Australia with FFA recognising the important role that W-League plays in growing the game.
“I think it is just the start and I think it would be awesome if every club had one,” Kerr told Fox Sports.
“I think if we were to host something like the World Cup and be able to promote things in our league where others aren’t then that will be a huge step for women’s football not just in Australia but around the world,” she said.
Kerr, who is arguably the greatest womens player currently in the game, has already played four seasons with Perth in the W-League, and scored 13 goals for the club last season.
The 2018/19 W-League season will kick off on Thursday, October 25. The Jets have the first round bye, so their campaign will begin on Thursday, November 1 when they face Melbourne Victory in Round 2.