Brett Emerton grew up in Macarthur, played in the English Premier League and the Socceroos, and is now back where it all started.
Emerton, who boasts 95 caps for the national team, has joined the Macarthur Rams as skill acquisition program coach for the 2018 season.
The club says it is excited it was able to appoint Emerton to its coaching team.
Emerton, who attended Macquarie Fields High School, started his soccer career at the Gunners Football Club.
He was selected by the Macarthur Rams in the late 1980s before he moved on to play football in the National Soccer League (NSL) for Sydney Olympic after spending time at the Australian Institute of Sport.
When Europe called he packed his bags and he ended up playing more than 100 games for Dutch giants Feyenoord.
Then it was Blackburn Rovers in England where he played more than 200 games.
Towards the end of his career Emerton had a stint in the A-League with Sydney FC, but plagued with injuries he decided to retire.
Brett’s international career includes representation at the FIFA World Cup, the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, and the Asian Cup.
“Brett’s experience on our sports highest stage for almost 20 years will provide immeasurable guidance to the Rams skill acquisition program players in becoming the best players they can be,’’ a Rams spokesman said.
“We are excited for the Macarthur Rams skill acquisition program trials where Brett will work with the other team coaches during the team selection process.’’
For trial details please visit the Macarthur Rams FC website, www.macarthurrams.com.au
♦ In other football news, a reminder that Western Sydney Wanderers will host Adelaide United in a semi final of the 2017 FFA Cup right here at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, with a 7.30pm kick-off.
Sydney FC are taking on South Melbourne in the other semi final.
The 2017 FFA Cup final on November 21 could conceivably be held in Campbelltown if both Wanderers and Sydney FC prevail in the semis.
Yesterday, the Wanderers showed that there is life after Tony Popovic, their foundation coach who quit to take up a coaching gig in Turkey.
The Wanderers were too good for Perth Glory in the A-League opener at Spotless Stadium, winning 2-1.
Victory also boosted the chances of a fulltime appointment for Wanderers caretaker coach Hayden Foxe, the former Socceroo who was handed the reins after Popovic’s sudden departure.