Jones returns to the Jets

Former assistant coach Mark Jones has returned to the Newcastle Jets as the club's head of performance.

Jones was once promised the main job at the Jets, but he was axed in October 2010, before returning in February of this year as the club's strength and conditioning coach.

And he returns for a third stint at the Jets – this time responsible for "the planning and delivery of first-team strength and conditioning, including injury prevention, nutrition and recovery".

Jones will also work closely with Jets senior assistant Jean-Paul de Marigny in pre- and post-match, including video analysis and opposition scouting.

Jets coach Scott Miller welcomed the appointment.

“The position of head of performance in a crucial one in the A-League,” Miller said.

"Why Mark Jones was of interest to me was because of his skill set and what he can bring to the club.

“I met Mark in Sydney a few weeks ago and we had a good meeting where he demonstrated not only his knowledge of his profession, but of Newcastle Jets and Australian football to me. From that point on he became a leading candidate to join our team.

“Mark obviously has a vast background in strength and conditioning, but as importantly he understands the technical and tactical aspects of the game. This will enable him to function in-between the two schools of the football department."

Jones has several qualifications and is one of just 12 FIFA fitness instructors worldwide.

He is thrilled to be back in Newcastle.

“I’m a Newcastle person, and for me I just want to help secure a better result for the team and a better outcome for the club," Jones said.

“I have a responsibility to do the strength and conditioning, the video analysis, and assist with the technical side of the delivery of the football program, but I will help in any way I can to ensure that we get a better result."