FORMER Newcastle Jets winger James Virgili will play with Broadmeadow Magic this season with one eye on a return to the A-League.
Virgili, 23, was cut by former Jets coach Phil Stubbins in April and did not earn a contract with new boss Scott Miller. He will be coached at Magic by his father, Robert.
He trialled with Western Sydney Wanderers in July but did not play over winter as he concentrated on his diagnostic radiography degree at Newcastle University.
The flying winger was the youngest player in A-League history when he made his Jets debut aged 16 and 180 days against Wellington in 2009. He went on to play 55 times for Newcastle while representing Australia at under-17 and under-20 level.
“Definitely the goal is to get back in the A-League,” Virgili said. “I had options to play in the Sydney NPL or Melbourne NPL but decided to get my uni out the way this year. I’m still only 23. I would never close the door on the Jets and hopefully they do keep an eye on me.”
“It works in my favour, I guess, that I’ve got that A-League experience over the years.”