It has certainly been quite the week for Australian football. Following Nikita Rukavytsya and Kenny Dougall’s efforts putting Australia on the map with their exploits to deliver their respective club’s titles and promotions, Now Australian referee Jared Gillet is reportedly on the verge of being promoted to officiate in the Premier League.
It is understood that Gillet is one of five EFL referees that are in the interview process to be elevated from the lower leagues into the Premier League. Many expect the Australian to beat out other referees in Keith Stroud, John Brooks, Michael Salisbury, and Tony Harrington. This is due to his experience as a top-quality FIFA international official. As well as his outstanding performances since arriving in England back in 2019 from Australia.
What makes this potential announcement even more special is that should the 34-year-old Gold Coast native be successful, he will become the first-ever Australian to officiate a Premier League. On top of that, he will be the first referee from overseas in the history of the Premier League.
It would represent a crowning achievement for Gillet who started his refereeing journey way back in 2010 in the Hyundai A-League. He has seen just about everything there is to see in Australian football, having refereed for nine years.
Gillet is an accomplished referee
During his time in Australia, Gillet refereed five A-League Grand Finals in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. During his time in Australia, he also won the Hyundai A-League Referee of the Year five times in 2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18).
Aside from Australia, Gillet has spent time in the J-League, Indian Super League, Chinese Super League, and the Saudi Professional League as well as the 2015 International Champions Cup.
The Australian moved to the United Kingdom in 2019/20 as he was undertaking studies at Liverpool John Moores University. He was put in the Select Group 2 for referee’s which is a panel of professional referees and assistants. They officiate the lower leagues in England such as the Championship, League One, and League Two. Should Gillet end up getting his dream move to the most exciting league in the world, it would represent another path your other referees to follow.
More and more Australian players are making the move overseas and now so are officials. Gillet could end up being the trailblazer for Australian officials. His appointment could help other overseas referees make their way to the promised land of officiating in the Premier League.
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