Newcastle Jets defender Nigel Boogaard is yet to meet Scott Miller, but he is excited by the appointment of the new coach and senior assistant Jean-Paul de Marigny.
Former Fulham assistant Miller was appointed coach of the Jets on Thursday, signing a two-year deal.
The Newcastle-born Boogaard, 28, signed with the Jets in February before finishing the season with Adelaide United.
Speaking after the Jets started pre-season training on Monday, Boogaard backed the club's two new coaching leaders.
"Obviously Scott's had that vast experience over there in the Premier League and he's young and he seems energetic from the interviews I've seen so far," the defender told reporters.
"And J.P has been around the traps and he's got a lot of experience. He's off the back of a premiership-winning team last year with Melbourne Victory and he brings a great deal of experience to us.
"It's exciting. I think you can feel that vibe, especially the boys this morning. Speaking to them they're excited about the prospects of what can come."
Boogaard, who along with Andy Brennan and Themba Muata-Marlow was one of three new players in the group at training, said he always wanted to return to Newcastle.
The Jets are without a finals appearance since 2009-10, but Boogaard is eager for that to change for the 2008 champions.
"That was part of the challenge," he said.
"I could've easily stayed in Adelaide and been part of a semi-successful team and a team that's quite balanced and has been established for a few years.
"But I saw the challenge to come back here not only to be back home and be in this football community but the challenge of being part of a team that really is pushing to make finals and hopefully bringing that success they had earlier in the A-League."comments