Matildas star Emily van Egmond returns to Newcastle Jets: The details

Newcastle Jets host high-flying Melbourne City in round five of the Liberty A-League.

Newcastle Jets have announced the signing of Emily van Egmond as the Matildas star makes her return to the Liberty A-League side.

Van Egmond joins the Jets on a four-game guest stint after helping San Diego Wave reach the semi-finals of the National Women’s Super League (NWSL).

It will be her sixth stint with Newcastle, having made her debut in 2008 and made 59 appearances in total.

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She is the latest Matilda to return to the Liberty A-League this season, after Tameka Yallop (Brisbane Roar), Kyah Simon (Central Coast Mariners), Emily Gielnik (Melbourne Victory), Lydia Williams (Melbourne Victory) and Elise Kellond-Knight (Melbourne Victory).

“We’re extremely excited to bring back one of our own in Emily van Egmond to the club for
a guest stint,” Newcastle Jets executive chairman Shane Mattiske said.

“We’re looking forward to having her here and around the team to help guide the younger players within the team and we look forward to seeing her run out this weekend at No.2 Sportsground against Melbourne City.”

Van Egmond was part of the history-making Matildas side that made it to the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil.

Now the 30-year-old will try to boost the finals chances of the Jets, who are three points outside the the top four.

She last played for the Jets in 2021-22, making three appearances before swapping Australia for the United States.

“The team and I are beyond excited to have Emily here with us for the next few games,” Jets captain Cass Davis said ahead of Sunday’s visit of Melbourne City.

“She has had an extensive career so far at the highest level, with a lot of players including myself, look up to her. We’re looking forward to playing with her and learning from her.

“I believe that we have a number of talented young players in this squad and by having someone of Emily’s stature involved in the team it will only benefit their development this season.”