Impetus’ Ben Gilby hears from both Lucy Johnson and Chloe Walandouw along with Jets head coach Ash Wilson (19/9/22).
Above: Lucy Johnson returns. Artwork: Newcastle Jets.
Newcastle Jets today announced the re-signing of midfielder Lucy Johnson and a first senior contract for academy defender Chloe Walandouw for the 2022/23 season.
Johnson made her debut for the Jets last season, featuring in 13 matches across the campaign.
Newcastle Jets Coach Ash Wilson is thrilled to have secured Johnson’s services for another year.
“I’m pleased to be able to resign Lucy after a promising debut season. She is a player who plays with passion and commitment and has much potential. She is clever and creative and likes to contribute to attacking movements which suits the way we want to play.
“Lucy is also a versatile midfielder which gives us flexibility in what we want to do. I’m keen to see the confidence Lucy will grow with after last season and look forward to the impact she will have in this team.
Johnson spoke of her delight in re-signing with the Jets for the coming season. “I think we can build on the previous season and see some quality results come our way. I’m eager to get started with the girls and coaching staff in pre-season to ultimately contribute to a fantastic season ahead.”
Chloe Walandouw who has progressed through the Emerging Jets program will play her first season in the A-League having signed her maiden senior contract.
Jets Coach Ash Wilson is excited to watch her develop. “I’m very pleased and proud to be able to sign Chloe. She is an academy product who has represented every age group and wears the Newcastle Jets badge with pride.
“Chloe is a regular member of the under 17 National team who were recently crowned champions of the 2022 AFF Under 17 Tournament. She is a fullback who loves to get forward, using her speed and dribbling skills to contribute to positive attacks. Defensively, she loves a challenge and thrives in one-v-one situations.
“She is someone who epitomises the core values of our club and town, being hard working, having a good attitude, and being humble. These characteristics, combined with her technical quality and positive physical traits, will ensure she continues to grow and thrive in this elite environment. I look forward to working with Chloe and watching her development and I know she will take any opportunity she can to prove herself for this team.”
Walandouw is excited to be linking up with the Women’s side in her first season in the A-League, saying: “After coming through the Jets Academy Program I am looking forward to taking the next step in my football journey. I’m excited to become a part of the A-League environment and I’m wanting to challenge myself. I’m grateful for the opportunity and want to learn as much as possible from it.”