Newcastle superstar Adriana Jones is set for a homecoming in 2020, after Broadmeadow Magic confirmed the 24-year-old would be a major marquee signing for the club’s return to the Women’s Premier League.
Last time the W-League striker played in the women’s Hunter competition, she claimed the tournament’s golden boot, and played a key role in Warners Bay’s title campaign.
In her national career, she made 44 W-League appearances, debuting in Jets colours before making the switch south to Adelaide, and then Melbourne City.
After seven years playing high-level football from 2013 to 2019, Jones hung up her boots following a stint with South Melbourne in the Victorian NPL. The 24-year-old returned to Newcastle for university, and thought football was finished.
That was, until fellow former Jet Kobie Ferguson told her that there was a new project building at Magic Park. According to Jones, the first thought that she had when asked if she wanted to make a comeback was “why not.”
I met [Magic’s head coach] Jake Curley, and he’s been awesome,” she told the Herald after her signing announcement. “He’s really listened to me, and he has the same values as me, which is football over politics. I just want to play football, good football.”
The W-League star added that she was hunting “another title” with the club in 2020, and wanted to get back to her goalscoring ways too.
“A striker is always going to get the [golden boot], that’s a given and I would like to be,” she said, but added she wasn’t going to get caught up in individual plaudits.
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“I want to see what I can do to not just help myself but to help the team because at the end of the day it’s a team sport and I feel like the higher the ranks you get the more you forget that. Broadmeadow has been good. I’m happy with the team … I think we have a good chance and hopefully can be in the grand final.”
Jones is the first high-profile signing Broadmeadow have revealed since taking over South Wallsend’s Premier League licence in October. They will re-join the league with the Wolves teams after nearly a decade on the sidelines.
Magic played in the regional league’s inaugural championship in 2009. The club claimed back to back titles in 2010 and 2011, before leaving the competition.
The next Women’s Premier League season, complete with the return of Adriana Jones and her championship club Broadmeadow Magic, will begin in March.