Newcastle has brought defender Josh Mitchell home after he signed a two-year deal with the club.
Mitchell was born in Belmont, played junior football with Swansea Swans Soccer Club and commenced his professional career with Newcastle United Jets. He went on to play with Romanian club Universitatea Craiova and more recently Perth Glory.
The Novocastrian was invited to trial with the Jets three weeks ago and confirmed what coach Gary van Egmond already knew.
“I have coached Josh before and I know what he can bring to the team,” van Egmond said.
“Josh is a very good defender, he is naturally left-sided which helped as that was a position we were looking to fill.
“He brings leadership to the team; he leads by example and is a great communicator.
“It is fantastic we can bring someone like Josh, who is a local player, back to the Jets and to represent Newcastle.”
Promising striker Tomi Juric has been lured to Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal as coach Tony Popovic sets about tweaking his Premiers’ Plate winning side for next season.