Hometown hero Emily van Egmond has confirmed she will not be playing for the Newcastle Jets in the 2019/20 season. Image via Newcastle Jets Media.

Emily van Egmond has confirmed she will not be returning to the blue and red of her hometown Jets in the 2019/20 W-League season.

The former Newcastle captain played 56 games for the team after debuting at just 15 years old in 2008. The midfield star scored 16 goals for the club.

“This is my hometown club, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of everything that Newcastle has done for me,” van Egmond said to her fans.

“The decision made not to return to the Jets was one based purely on footballing reasons, and I can’t say thank you enough to [Craig] Deansy and everyone involved in the club over the years for everything they’ve done for me.

“Being a Newcastle girl, it’s been a privilege to play in Jets colours for as much of my career as I have with such a good group of girls and I’d like to wish them the best of luck for the upcoming season.”

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Van Egmond’s departure is the headliner in a host of players confirmed not to be taking to the field for the Jets this year.

Deans also revealed young starlet Cortnee Vine, and American stars Arin Gilliland-Wright, Britt Eckerstrom, Katie Stengel, and Taylor Smith would all not be returning.

“Our focus this season will be on Australian players, particularly local talent, and while not retaining the services of these girls is disappointing we’re looking forward to the coming season,” Deans said in the announcement.

“We saw at the back end of last year how much our youngsters stood up and delivered for us, and it’s that kind of enthusiasm we’ll be looking for again.

“Combined with a number of senior heads in our side, we’re confident we’ll field a competitive side this year and cause a lot of headaches for teams.”

The new W-League fixture list for the 2019/2020 season is expected to be released soon, with the season beginning in the next few months.