Craig Deans has become the first coach in Newcastle Jets W-League history to sign a multi-year deal, inking his signature on a two year deal that will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Deans, who is already the longest serving helmsman in the competition, guided the Jets Women to their first finals run since 2008/09 and saw the club finish third – only the second time the team has finished above fifth place in their ten year history.
Lawrie McKinna, the club’s chief executive, had nothing but praise for Deans during the extension announcement, and said the two year offer was “never in doubt”.
“[The re-signing] really came down to the quality of Craig’s character,” McKinna explained. “He’s a great guy, a tireless worker and a brilliant leader for our W-League players and the talented juniors coming through our Academy system.”
“When we discussed the idea of making it a two-year deal, the interest from Craig was around building the squad over that period and continuing to strive for more success.
“He’s done a tremendous job and I’m pleased we’ve got him on board for another two years.”
As well as the two year deal in relation to the W-League coaching role, Deans will also become the team’s Academy Director, after Mike Cooper departed the club.