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Jeff Hopkins has been announced as Melbourne Victory’s new Westfield W-League coach after spending eight seasons with Brisbane Roar in a variety of roles.
Hopkins joined Roar in 2008 and led the Queensland club to an inaugural Westfield W-League double, before adding a second Grand Final victory in 2011.
Subsequent spells as assistant to the club’s Hyundai A-League team and in charge of the Foxtel National Youth League squad followed, before returning to assist Belinda Wilson in last season’s run to the Semi-Finals.
The Welshman, who won 16 international caps throughout a distinguished playing career, departs Queensland with a reputation as one of Australia’s finest female football coaches.
Hopkins will be joined by assistant coach Kat Smith, formerly technical director at PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues club Green Gully.
“Jeff arrives at Melbourne Victory with a wealth of experience both as a coach and a player, and we’re excited about what he can bring to our W-League program,” Victory CEO Ian Robson told melbournevictory.com.au.
“Last season was difficult for our W-League team in terms of results, but it provided valuable experience for our young and emerging talent.
“We’re confident that Jeff, alongside Kat Smith, can mould the team into a successful one.”
Despite Victory finishing bottom last term, Hopkins has confidence in the ability of the players at his disposal.
“I’m looking forward to this opportunity to coach Victory’s W-League team,” Hopkins said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with elite players, and there is no denying some of the exciting talent in the Victory squad.”