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Jess is back

Jess Dillon in action against QAS last season.

Jess Dillon’s decision to re-sign with Moreton Bay United for 2022 is “fantastic news”, says Macca Smith, Jets' new women's head coach.

“Jess is a leader and an integral member of the squad,” said Macca, adding she would be back as captain.

“It’s very important to us as a coaching group to build upon progression made last season, individually and as a team, Jess is a key part of this.

“She is an asset in and out of possession, and will be instrumental in build up for the team.”

Jess missed the last five games of 2021 through injury, but Jets had already secured a place in this year’s NPLW by then.

Jess Dillon's back in the gold and black

“Last season was super enjoyable with both the girls’ teams involved and the club’s full support behind us,” the midfielder said.

“Even though Dave (da Silva) and Gary (Ward) have left, they started a great basis for the future of women’s football at Moreton Bay and I’m looking forward to continuing that next season.

“Once both Macca and Matt Poole were announced as the coaches for next season, I knew we were in safe hands, so it didn’t take me long at all to make up my mind.

I’ve already sat down with them and they want to continue what Dave started which is great.

“They are all about individual player development, playing quality football while looking to get the win.”

Jess wants to "continue to grow and learn as a player and build my game. I think that can be achieved here with Macca and Matt.

“But I’m also looking forward to playing alongside a majority of the girls from last season so hopefully we can develop together and make top four!

Jess has played for W-League side Perth, Toronto, the Australian Under 17s, QAS, Easts, The Gap, Moreton Bay United (2019) and five games for Lions (2020) before returning to Jets in 2021.

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