Northern NSW Football is delighted to announce two new coaches for its Talent Support Program.
Former A-League player Andrew Hoole has joined as assistant coach, while former Newcastle Jets striker Roy O’Donovan will act as a special guest coach.
Hoole and O’Donovan join TSP head coaches Scott McCarter, the Newcastle Jets W-League assistant coach and Jets academy under-16s girls coach, and former Australia Schoolboys representative and Jets academy under-14s girls coach Nic Pepper.
The Talent Support Program, or TSP, is a Football Australia initiative which provides opportunities for identified talented players to access extra training to help progress their football development.
The TSP also provides players with opportunities to represent Northern NSW Football at National Youth Championships and potentially transition from NPL and WPL to A-League and W-League academies.
Hoole has significant experience playing domestically and internationally with Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners in the A-League as well as representing Australia at under-20s and under-23s level.
The 27-year-old now coaches Broadmeadow Magic’s under-18s team.
TSP players will also work with O’Donovan who will make special appearances throughout the TSP cycle.
The 36-year-old has enjoyed a stellar playing career having joined then English Premier League club Coventry City as a trainee. O’Donovan returned to Ireland to join hometown club Cork City where he played in UEFA Champions League qualifiers and the UEFA Cup. He also represented the Republic of Ireland at ‘B’ and under-21 level.
O’Donovan also played for Sunderland, Coventry and Northampton Town before making his way to Australia where he scored 57 goals in 126 A-League appearances for the Jets, Central Coast and Brisbane Roar.
McCarter also coaches at the Hunter Sports High Football Academy, with the former Lambton Jaffas NPL Youth and First Team Assistant Coach bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Talent Support Program.
Pepper has shifted his focus from playing to coaching recently in a bid to help young footballers develop skills which will make them proactive and help improve their individual games.
Northern NSW Football Head of Football Peter Haynes said the appointments of Hoole and O’Donovan would be hugely beneficial to the Talent Support Program.
“Adding Andrew and Roy to Scott and Nic, these four guys have a wealth of experience that our best young players will be able to learn and benefit from,” Haynes said.
“It is a really exciting time for the program.”
“I’m sure we’ll see great benefits in having Scott, Nic, Andrew and Roy involved which will considerably help our talented young players with their development.”