‘Sully’ Aims To Push Jets One Better Than Inaugural Season
NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) coach for Northern NSW, Wayne ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan, is preparing to take the helm as coach of the Westfield W-League Newcastle Jets in the second year of the new national women’s football league.
NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) coach for Northern NSW, Wayne ‘Sully- O-Sullivan, is preparing to take the helm as coach of the Westfield W-League Newcastle Jets in the second year of the new national women-s football league.
O-Sullivan replaces Gary Phillips who led the Jet-s W-League side to finish second on the table in their inaugural season and a home semi final at EnergyAustralia Stadium where the Jet-s were upset by Canberra United 1-0 to miss out on a place in the Grand Final.
A former UK championship player, O-Sullivan-s playing career included eleven years in the UK in Championship, Division 2 and Cup Clubs including Swindon, Cardiff and Plymouth, then onto a five year stint in Australia playing in the NSL and A-League along with a six month period in Asia in the Singapore S-League and Asian Cup.
O-Sullivan-s recent coaching career included time with Central Coast Lightening and Wellington Phoenix as assistant A-League coach, with his recent role as NSWIS Coach.
Leading Institute programs alongside Craig Deans as well as ex international and former W-League Jet player, Joey Peters, O-Sullivan is now also coaching the Newcastle Jets W-League side, with the season kicking off on Monday 5th October.
One of O-Sullivan-s main objectives for the squad is to instil the professionalism of a fulltime professional club while balancing work and study commitments of the players to improve the competition.
The NSWIS program acts as a competitive field for O-Sullivan to select players from, while others have come from the local Herald Women-s Premier League and also other interstate squads.
“We-ve opened it up locally and nationally and we-ve really tried to enhance that competition,” said O-Sullivan.
O-Sullivan-s expertise in the football world is set to boost the Jets- season on their endeavour to repeat last year-s feat of becoming a Top 4 side and the chance at winning the Grand Final to become Westfield W-League champions.