The 19-year-old has spent much of his recent time with with Australia.
Newcastle Jets teenager Andrew Hoole admits he is happy to be back at the Hunter Stadium after a long stint on international duty.
The 19-year-old defender was called-up to the Socceroos training squad for the East Asian Cup after impressing head coach Holger Osieck with his performances for the Australia under-20’s side at the recent World Cup, only for knee injury to prevent him from travelling to the tournament in South Korea.
After being robbed of the opportunity to win his first senior cap Hoole says it is a relief to be amongst his team-mates again after featuring for the Jets in their 3-0 pre-season friendly win over an NBN State League Select side.
“I’ve been away for quite a while, so to come back into the Jets environment and get a game under my belt with this group of players was pleasing,” he explained to Football Australia.
“It’s a bit of a new system that Gary has us playing, so it’s going to take a little bit of time for everyone to gel and get used to the system, but I think the more games we play, the better we’ll become.”
With the Jets set to deploy a new 3-4-3 system in the new A-Leagye season Hoole confessed he hopes to nail down the right wingback spot in Gary van Egmond’s line-up.
“I enjoy that role, because it gives you a little bit of freedom. Obviously on the defensive side of things you have to work hard, but I enjoy that as well,” he added..
“It’s a bit of a different role for myself, but one I’m looking forward to playing in more.”