At 36-years-old, Glen Moss is still as energetic as always, but revelling in a newfound confidence that the previously-under fire goalkeeper didn't always possess.
Newcastle Jets announced that the veteran shot-stopper has signed a one year contract extension, keeping him at last year's runners-up until the end of the 2019/20 season.
“I’ve been enjoying my football here in Newcastle, Ernie has assembled a good group of players and we’re always confident of doing well,” Moss said.
“I feel I have a responsibility to guide the younger players and I’m really enjoying my role as a senior leader in the squad.
Moss is one of a variety of ageing A-League goalkeepers, including Eugene Galekovic and Liam Reddy, still performing strong after their mid-thirties. In many ways, the likes of Moss have become pillars of the league and reminders of how far the A-League has come.
But it wasn't always that easy for Moss, who has been derided during a few tough spells in his career for then-A-League strugglers such as Wellington Phoenix.
The 29-cap New Zealand international stuck firm though and excelled last season as Newcastle narrowly lost the A-League Championship decider to Melbourne Victory. He puts his turnaround in form down to Newcastle's backroom staff.
“The club culture that Lawrie (McKinna), Joel (Griffiths), and Ernie (Merrick) have created is something I really believe in and hopefully I can help it grow for a few seasons to come.”
Gaffer Merrick - who has clearly developed a fondness for the Kiwi - believes Moss is still key to the club's plans.
“Glen is a very experienced and dependable player, I’ve coached him at three different clubs now and he has a real calming presence on the group,” Merrick said.
“His game just continues to develop, he’s a real leader amongst the boys and the fact that he’s also doing his coaching badges shows me that he’s still keen to learn and improve.
“It’s good to have him locked in for another season, he’s playing some of his best football at age 36 and he’s been very impressive this season.”