Newcastle Jets clinch signing of former Perth Glory defender Josh Mitchell

The 28-year-old left-sided defender moves back to the Hunter Valley, signing a two-year deal with the Jets to add experience to Gary van Egmond's youthful squad

Former Perth Glory defender Josh Mitchell has returned home, signing a two-year deal with the Newcastle Jets.

The Belmont-born 28-year-old was invited to a trial with the Jets three weeks ago, impressing coach Gary van Egmond.

Mitchell, comfortable on the left-hand side of defence and centrally, joined the Glory in 2010 after a spell with Romanian side Universitatea Craiova.

He had attracted lukewarm interest from fellow A-League outfit Melbourne Victory before linking up with the Jets, and comes as a direct replacement for freshly departed Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Van Egmond hinted at using the defender at left-back, and said Mitchell, who failed to earn a new deal with Perth, brought several other strong qualities to his team.

"I have coached Josh before and I know what he can bring to the team," van Egmond said.

"Josh is a very good defender, he is naturally left-sided which helped as that was a position we were looking to fill.

"He brings leadership to the team - he leads by example and is a great communicator.

"It is fantastic we can bring someone like Josh, who is a local player, back to the Jets and to represent Newcastle."

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