Jess Dillon has returned to Moreton Bay United (MBU) - and says she “cannot wait to get back on the park”.
The 25-year-old was a key figure in 2019 when Jets’ Women made the grand final and last season joined the winners of that game, Lions.
“Unfortunately, last season was not good for me,” explained Jess, “I couldn’t play because of a medical issue, but now it’s about looking forward.”
The midfielder was approached by “four or five” clubs looking to bolster their NPLW squads for 2021, but she said Jets were best for her.
“I’m easing my way back slowly,” said Jess, “I’ve been training five-to-six times a week for the last few months and I’m aiming for the start of the (NPLW) season.”
Jets’ Women’s Head Coach David Da Silva is delighted with the signing and Jess says happy to let her “do her own thing” as she regains fitness.
“Moreton Bay United is really excited to have a player of Jess's experience and quality returning to the club,” David said.
“We’re investing in MBU players moving forward and the return of several key ex-MBU players has been a priority during this recruitment period.
“The quality in the Under 23 program with head coach Gary Ward means that there is a very bright future for players in the region.
“There is clear purpose and direction moving forward and a leader like Jess is fantastic to support and guide an exciting group of young players signed to the club now.”
Jess’ resume shows why David Da Silva wanted her experience in midfield having played for W-League Perth, Toronto in Canada, the Australian Under 17s, QAS, Easts, The Gap, MBU and five games with Lions last season.
"I’ve never been the oldest in a team before,” joked Jess, “the girls coming through now are all young, they want to learn, they are keen and eager and a good group who can play, which will help me.
“I think Dave sees me as a holding midfielder. With the formation I think it will suit me, directing things from the back.
“I know some of the girls and the football they have played and learned how to play. I think we’ll do well as a young side.”