On loan from the NWSL’s Orlando Pride, van Egmond will return to the Hunter after a standout season in the red and blue, leading the Jets to a semifinal appearance in 2017/18.

Taking a well-earned break between seasons, van Egmond will join her teammates this week and said she’s looking forward to beginning her pre-season preparations.

“I feel refreshed and ready to go,” van Egmond said. “Last season was massive for our squad, with the success we had on the pitch and the way the Club supported us off it.

“Our training base at No.2 Sportsground and the crowds to all of our home games, to have the football community embrace the team the way they did was special.

“I love being in Newcastle and playing with the Jets, I’ve settled right back in after being away and can’t wait to get back out on the pitch for our first game in just over a month.”

W-League coach Craig Deans said van Egmond’s experience would again prove crucial.

“We’ve got a strong group of senior players to lead our squad again this season and Em is at the forefront of that,” Deans said.

“She’s a special players who has competed at the highest level for the best part of a decade, Em has a presence both on the pitch and in training that lifts our entire group.

“It’s been a big couple of years for Em between national team duties and playing in domestic competitions across the world, we’ve given her an extended break to ensure she’s fresh and ready for 2018/19.”