The Newcastle Jets can today announce that shot-stopper, Lewis Italiano has committed to a further season in the Hunter – signing on until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
The Perth product joined the Jets at the beginning of the season, so far making four appearances between the sticks.
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Italiano has deputised to Glen Moss across the remainder of the Club’s league campaign and in their AFC Champions League qualification fixtures
Jets boss, Ernie Merrick said that Italiano had impressed him since arriving in Newcastle.
“Lewis possesses some great attributes as a goalkeeper,” Merrick said.
“He’s come a long way since I coached him last [at the Phoenix], maturing as player and bringing consistency to his performance in training and during games.
“[Goalkeeping Coach] Chris Bowling has been doing an excellent job with our ‘keepers and Lewis is reaping the rewards of plenty of hard work over the last 6 months.
“I’m really glad to have someone of Lewis’ character around the group for another season, he’s been a great addition to our squad.”
Italiano was excited about the prospect of remaining a Jet for a further season.
“Ernie and Lawrie gave me a chance at the start of this season and it’s an opportunity I was determined to grab with both hands,” Italiano said.
“Working with Chris [Bowling] and the team has been great for my development and I’m excited to continue that next season.
“My wife and I are expecting our first child in June and we’re really enjoying our time in Newcastle, so securing my future was important for both of us.”