Dutch international Kew Jaliens will skipper a new-look Newcastle Jets in their 2014-15 A-League campaign.
In his first competitive fixture as captain, Jaliens will face off against former skipper Ruben Zadkovich when the Jets face Perth Glory on Tuesday in their FFA Cup clash at Magic Park, Broadmeadow.
The 35-year-old Jaliens was a key figure for the Jets during his first season at the club, contributing to six clean sheets in 18 appearances, while also scoring two goals.
“I’m very happy to be given the chance to captain the side this season,” Jaliens said.
“Hopefully I can lead by example with my actions both on and off the field and help guide the team to a successful season.”
Head coach Phil Stubbins said the defender was the right fit for the job.
“The experience Kew has gained playing at the highest level for both club and country makes him a great candidate to captain the Jets this season,” Stubbins said.
“I’m sure Kew will do a fantastic job, along with the other senior players in the group, of leading the squad this coming season.”
Before joining the Jets, Jaliens enjoyed a successful career in the Dutch Eredivisie, where he won the Championship with AZ Alkmaar in 2009.
After 16 seasons in the Dutch topflight, the central defender spent three seasons at Polish heavyweights Wisla Krakow where he played in the UEFA Champions League.
He also represented the Netherlands at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics.comments