LEADING AGAIN: Dudley-Redhead product Taylor Regan during his 68-game A-League career for the Newcastle Jets. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.FORMER Jets skipper Taylor Regan is glad to be be back in football andexcited about the challenge in Malaysia after being named captain ofNegeri Sembilan FA.
The 27-year-old and fellow former A-League players Alex Smith, Andrew Nabbout and Joel Chianese are spearheading the Malaysian second-tier club’s push for promotion under ex-Jets W-League coach Gary Phillips.
Reganispreparing for his return to competitive football on February 12after last playing for Newcastle in the A-League in April 2015 before not being offered a new deal at his hometown club.
“We’ve played some trials as well asfour pre-season games and we’re undefeated, so we’re going well,” Regan said.
“It’s good to be back doing what I love doing.Obviously I wanted to keep living and playing at home in Newcastle, but unfortunately that didn’t work out, and I’m excited for this next challenge.”
He said part of the challenge was leading a mostly inexperienced squad.
“It’s a young squad and the local players are not very vocal out on the pitch, which is something I alwaysdo,” he said.“Some will need some mentoring as well,it’s virtually a new team, so it’s exciting times.”
As for the Jets, Regan hoped they could “freshen up their squad” in the transfer window and turnaround their fortunes after a 10-game winless streak.
“I spoke with a few of the boys and they said their focus in preseason was about being hard to breakdown, and for the most part they’ve done quite well there,” he said.“But I think that focus has affected their attacking formation and play.”