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."