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Riley McGree set to jet back to Australia
FORMER Gawler Eagles and Ade-
laide United midfielder Riley Mc-
Gree has returned to the Hyundai
A-League through a loan stint at the
Newcastle Jets for the remainder of
The 19-year-old departed the Reds
in July last year, signing a four-year
deal with Club Brugge in Belgium's
top tier, but hasn't started a game with
The Gawler export will join the
Jets' playing group at the end of
January, after he finishes playing
for Australia in the under 23 Asian
Football Confederations Cham-
pionships, which kicks off next
Jets coach Ernie Merrick said it
was disappointing not to have Mc-
Gree available immediately, but
this was "the price you pay when
you bring in a player of Riley's
"Riley is an exciting young play-
er who will offer a lot to our side,
he likes to get forward, he can play
wide, but he can also play in a hold-
ing role -- he gives us plenty of op-
tions," Merrick told Newcastle
"He's at one of the biggest clubs
in the Belgian First Division and
I think just being around that sort
of environment after his last sea-
son (in the A-League) will only be
McGree's departure from Adelaide
came after a break-out season with
United, where he made 16 league ap-
pearances and played in five of the
Reds' six Asian Champions League
His form was rewarded by being se-
lected in the Socceroos' final 23-man
squad during the 2018 World Cup
The former local was also
linked with a move to Scot-
tish giant Celtic, before joining
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GAWLER Central has appointed former
Central District netball coach Reece Turtur
as its new senior one mentor for the 2018
Barossa, Light & Gawler season.
The 31-year-old joined the Tigers on a
one-year deal, a move that came as a shock
to him as he expected to take the year off
coaching to focus on his playing aspira-
"The call came and change can be
as good as a holiday sometimes," he
"I'm excited to take on this new
challenge and experience what
country netball has to offer."
Turtur has over a decade of
netball experience under his
belt, having coached in the
Southern League and down
at Central District, in the
Netball Division, over
the past number of
years.He has also
over the past eight years as a part of the
state's men's netball team.
"That was originally part of the reason I
was going to take it off, but netball to me is
a bit more than just a hobby, it's a bit of a
passion and an obsession as well," he said.
Turtur originally played basketball before
men's netball was established, and hasn't
looked back since.
"I got the opportunity to play in a couple of
training games against the state league girls,
in a men's team," he said.
The new coach said that he's heard good
things about the BL&G standard.
"It's a different world to what the city
competition is, but from what I've seen and
what people have told me it's a huge commu-
nity feel," he said.
"A lot of people get around it, it's highly
"A lot of the city girls make the transition
to the country leagues, once they retire from
the Premier League.
"I'm not expecting it to be a downgrade,
I'm expecting quite the opposite."
Gawler Central has been really accommo-
dating for their new coach so far, according
"From what I've seen, it's a great fami-
ly-orientated club," he said.
"They support one another, and it's got
great networks within the community.
"Central really have some talented juniors
coming through their ranks."
The Tigers are due to kick off their cam-
paign away, at Tanunda, on April 7.
Gawler Central has
Turtur as its new
senior one coach for
McGree (right) -- pictured here with
mother Sharee on the red carpet of the
A-League's 2017 awards night last May
-- will play out the rest of the season with
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