Former Newcastle Jets captain and Matildas midfielder Hayley Crawford features in the latest announcements of Newcastle Jets players for the W-League season.

Crawford is amongst 8 signings revealed today by head coach Peter McGuiness, with 2013.14 squad members Claire Coelho, Libby Copus-Brown, Cassidy Davis, Grace Macintyre, Sophie Nenadovic, Ashley Spina and Clare Wheeler all returning .

Crawford, who retired after the 2012/13 season becomes the latest Newcastle bred player to come out of retirement to provide much needed experience and leadership.

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“I have been enjoying my football in the Sydney competition with the MacArthur Rams and it made me think I am a long time retired and should continue playing while I can,” said Crawford.

“With the team missing several experienced defenders due to injury and relocation, Pete (McGuinness) called and asked the possibility of me returning as he knows I love the game and feel like I can still compete at this level so I decided to come back and hopefully help the team to play finals football.”

The 30 year old provides McGuiness options in the midfield or defence and joins a squad already infused with Newcastle talent including Emily van Egmond, Tara Andrews and Amber Neilson.

The further additions of Copus-Brown, Davis, MacIntyre, Nenadovic and Wheeler are consistent with Northern NSW Football's quest to provide a pathway to the national stage for young players of the Hunter region.

The latest signings take the Jets' roster to 15 of a possible 20 members with three internationals spots still remaining.