The Newcastle Jets have appointed former Hyundai A-League player Andrew Packer as the Club’s Strength and Conditioning Coach.
The Newcastle Jets have appointed former Hyundai A-League player Andrew Packer as the Club-s Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Packer played a total of 87 matches for Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar during five seasons in the Hyundai A-League.
After finishing his football career, Packer joined the Australian Defence Force serving in the 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.
The 33-year-old said he is pleased to be joining the Jets and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“I-ve always been passionate about my football and I've been looking forward to getting involved in the game again in a strength and conditioning role once my time with the Australian Defence Force was finished,” Packer said.
“I think having a football mindset is really important in this type of role, and having played in the A-League and having been through those long pre-seasons myself will hold me in good stead.
“My time in the military taught me a lot about how far you can push yourself as a person and athlete and that-s something I-m hoping to instil in the playing squad.
“I-m really looking forward to working with each player and making sure we set ourselves some challenging goals as individuals and as a team for the coming season.”
Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said Packer brings a number of traits to the Strength and Conditioning Coach position that will benefit the Club.
“We-re very pleased to have Andrew on board,” Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.
“His football background and the fact he has played in the A-League is a big positive from the Club-s point of view.
“If you combine that with his experience in the military, Andrew certainly brings a lot of assets to the Newcastle Jets.
“He is enthusiastic and will encourage discipline and a strong work ethic amongst the players.”