Harry Kewell has made a surprise return of sorts to the Premier League after being named manager of Watford’s under-21 team.
According to an announcement on the Hornets’ official website, the former Australia international will oversee the youth side as they prepare for life in the Under-21 Professional Development League 2 South.
Once voted Australia’s greatest ever footballer, Kewell only retired from playing last year.
During his time as a professional, the 36-year-old enjoyed spells in Europe with Leeds United, Liverpool and most recently Galatasaray.
A Champions League winner with the Reds in 2005, injury curtailed the Australian’s impact at Anfield following a controversial move from then-Premier League rivals Leeds.
He will now look to continue much of the groundwork he already started in his homeland.
Since retiring, Kewell has successfully established a youth academy in Australia, where he was also able to pick up valuable experience developing young players.
Commenting on the appointment, Watford’s Sporting Director Luke Dowling expressed his delight at this latest major piece of recruitment for the Hornets.
“Harry enjoyed an extremely successful career as a player, and he now has a proven track record when it comes to working with and nurturing gifted young footballers,” he said.
“His knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to the club’s youth setup as a whole, and the talented players we have within our Under-21 group.”
Capped 56 times by Australia as a player, scoring 17 goals for the Socceroos, the former Leeds and Liverpool man played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
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He will now look to take that experience through to the Watford youth side and potentially impress ahead of a step up to a more major role.