Gary van Egmond extends Jets contract

Gary van Egmond has extended his tenure with the Club for another year, seeing him at the helm until at least 2013/14.

The Newcastle Jets is pleased to announce coach Gary van Egmond has extended his tenure with the Club for another year.

The 2007/2008 Championship winning coach, who is in his second year of a two-year contract, will now be at the helm until at least the end of the 2013/14 season.

“It is exciting news for the Club and for the playing group to have Gary extend his contract at the Jets,” CEO Robbie Middleby said.

“Gary fits the mould of what we are doing at the Jets and we have faith that he is continuing to build a team in which Newcastle can be proud.

“It is encouraging for our young playing group to have an outstanding coach that is committed to the Jets for another season.”

The coach is buoyed by the faith shown in him from the Club.

“I feel very privileged to be the coach of the Newcastle Jets and it is wonderful to be extending my time here for at least another year,” van Egmond said.

“I see a bright future, for this season and for many years to come, in both the development of the players and in the total culture of the Club.

“It is exciting times for the Newcastle Jets Football Club; we have a great representation of local talent in our senior group and near 100 per cent in our youth team.

“We have a great Membership base, the second largest in the A-League, which shows how passionate our supporters are and I hope to be able to equal their passion.”

The Club-s owner Nathan Tinkler gave his stamp of approval for the extension.

“Gary is nurturing and developing an exciting team at the Jets and I am pleased we have extended the tenure of one of Australia-s premier coaches at our Club,” Tinkler said.

“When we signed Gary, part of his charter was to develop an exciting team and to nurture local talent.

“What has been impressive during his first season with us, is not only his ability to coach but his desire to improve the game locally.

“We know both our Club and the game is in good hands with Gary as head coach.”