Following an extensive recruitment process, former Socceroo and current Newcastle Jets Assistant Coach, Clayton Zane has been appointed as Northern NSW Football’s new Technical Director. Zane will replace Michael Browne who resigned in February to lead the establishment of a professional football academy in India.
Zane is a highly accomplished professional coach and player having secured his FFA Pro-Licence in 2016 and a Masters of Sports Coaching from the University of Queensland in 2017. On the pitch, Zane played for the Socceroos on 14 occasions and enjoyed a distinguished career in Norway and Belgium.
NNSWF’s Chief Executive Officer, David Eland said Northern NSW Football is delighted to secure Clayton Zane as the Member Federation’s Technical Director.
“Clayton has the required experience, qualifications and credibility to lead NNSWF’s player development programs.
“We have every confidence that Clayton has the capacity and manner required to engender the support of the many stakeholders who are engaged in the talented player pathway throughout Northern NSW.
Zane’s primary role is to build the overall capacity of premier clubs and member zones to identify and develop young players who have the potential to be selected for National teams.
As Technical Director,Zane will also closely monitor the development of players engaged in NNSWF’s Talent Support Programs (TSP). TSP were established following the transition of the Emerging Jets to the Newcastle Jets, to provide identified club players on the cusp of selection (for the Jets Academy or selection for the National Youth Championships) with additional coaching in a high performance environment. The ongoing development of advanced accredited coaches throughout Northern NSW is also central to the responsibilities of the Technical Director.
Zane is looking forward to commencing his new role with the Federation and is passionate in further developing clear pathways for players and coaches, and fostering success across all age groups.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have spent most of my career in high-performance football as a player and as a coach and my involvement with the Newcastle Jets in a coaching capacity has been wide-ranging, covering the female, youth and A-League squads.
“During that time I’ve gained valuable experience both in Australia and abroad, which has made me passionate about helping both players and coaches in maximising their abilities.
“We are fortunate to not only have a great football facility on our doorstep, but a great nursery of talent here in Northern NSW which I’m looking forward to working with,” concluded Zane.
Zane will make an immediate start on a number of key initiatives prior to formally commencing in his new role in mid-October, following his contractual commitments to the Newcastle Jets.