Ex-Caltex Socceroos defender Michael Thwaite is ready to share his experience after reuniting with Kristian Rees at former club Gold Coast United.
Thwaite has re-joined the side he formerly skippered in the Hyundai A-League to provide a professional edge to next season's NPL Queensland assault.
The 35-year-old's return required little convincing from one-time defensive partner Rees, who was appointed head coach last month.
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"It's time to give back for both of us," Thwaite said.
"We've both got so much excitement for the future of Gold Coast United.
"Kristian was a leader on the pitch and I'm sure his attributes will see him succeed as a coach.
"I've had a couple of opportunities to go back into the A-League again but this is the best option for my family and I right now."
Thwaite, capped 13 times by Australia, spent last season with Western Sydney Wanderers following stints with Perth Glory and Chinese outfit Liaoning Whowin.
The Brisbane-born Cairns product previously represented Gold Coast between 2009 and 2012 and Rees is confident he has the man to help improve on this season's 10th-place finish.
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"Michael brings great experience, he's played all over the country and across the world. He's a great leader and I know what he can offer on the field," the United boss said.
"And just as telling is what he'll bring off it. What he brings in a mentoring capacity is immeasurable.
"He's the consummate professional, the way he prepares for matches both physically and mentally.
"He'll be an inspirational leader on and off the park."