Where is A-League referee Jarred Gillett now?

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Former five-time A-League referee of the year Jarred Gillett has been making major strides over in England. The Australian is on the brink of being promoted to the Premier League, having been officiating in the EFL for the last two years.

Gillett refereed in the A-League from the 2010-11 season to the 2017-18 season, officiating more than 100 matches where he became one the league’s premier officials. He was rewarded for his excellent performances by being put in charge of five grand finals.

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The Australian moved to England in 2019 to pursue a post-doctorate at Liverpool’s John Moores University. He has primarily worked in England’s lower divisions over the past two years. However, he has operated as the VAR official in a number of Premier League matches.

His debut as a referee in the EFL was a League Two match between Morecambe FC and Cheletenham Town in April of 2019. Following it, Swansea’s visit to Blackpool a month later was Gillett’s first match officiating in the Championship, which was a big step in his career.

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Since then, Jarred has officiated more than 50 matches in the Championship since his debut two seasons ago. His most prolific match was this season’s second leg of the play-off semi-final between Bournemouth and Brentford. The Queenslander has already made six appearances as a Premier League official. Half of these as a VAR assistant and half as a fourth official.

Gillett found himself at the centre of VAR controversy earlier in the season during Fulham’s clash with Tottenham. In the 62nd minute Gillett ruled that Mario Lemina had handled the ball. This was exceptionally costly for Fulham as it was in the build-up to what would have been Josh Maja’s equaliser. The decision left Fulham boss Scott Parker furious as he claimed he did not know what else Lemina could have done.

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Gillett’s FIFA international experience has seen him identified as a frontrunner for a promotion to the Premier League as he heads a list of five EFL officials in line for the gig.

The promotion would see him become first foreign Premier League referee if successful.

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