Lethal forward Katie Stengel has confirmed she will be returning to the W-League as the leading lady for the Newcastle Jets, after a successful semi-final run last season with the club.

Stengel’s haul in the 2017/18 campaign – 10 goals in 13 matches – was a key catalyst for the team’s charge to the final four of the league, and the centre-forward said she is “excited about what’s ahead” as she aims up for the season’s the new start.

“This’ll be my third season in Australia and my second with the Jets, and I’m really excited about what’s ahead,” Stengel said.

“The weather down here is beautiful and the way it works out with the American season, I get back-to-back summers.

“Taylor [Smith] is a good friend of mine too, and it’s fantastic to have her here with me in Newcastle – I’ve got a good feeling about this year.”

In just her first season with the Jets, Stengel shot to third on the all-time goal-scoring ranks in Newcastle.

A similar haul this time around would likely take the American past second place on that list, Emily van Egmond – who is currently on 16 goals.

The 26-year-old American danger-woman scored six goals in 23 games for the Utah Royals.

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