Former Juventus goalkeeper Jess Vanstrattan has re-joined the Newcastle Jets coaching roster after a stint last season.
Vanstrattan, who linked with the Hunter outfit in February as a player-coach, will now devote his complete attention to training and developing the club’s shot-stoppers.
The 33-year-old formalised his contract on Monday before hitting the park with new coach Scott Miller and the team at the University of Newcastle.
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Miller said Vanstrattan was always a leading candidate to join his coaching team.
“We believe we have made the right choice in hiring Jess Vanstrattan,” Miller said.
“We interviewed a number of candidates throughout a thorough recruitment process, and Jess was, in our opinion, the standout.
“With his mix of playing know-how and recent experience with the club, we believe Jess will prove to be a significant member of the coaching staff.”
Vanstrattan said that he felt an immediate and positive rapport with Miller and his Senior Assistant Coach, Jean-Paul de Marigny.
“The goalkeeper (coaching) role went through a process and I was pleased to be a part of that,” he said.
“I thought the interview process was good, and I felt comfortable with Scott and JP.
“It’s good to be back now and to get back into the work. We’ve got two good goalkeepers at the Jets, and we’re all excited about the new season.
“Everything seems really positive right now – from the front office to the training ground everyone is happy, is working well together and creating a good environment.
“Although I have only been back for one day, it’s great to see all the players bouncing around at training and seeing that a good level has been set.”