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Watch: Cool Mic'd Up Ref Audio From Jared Gillett's Last A-League Game

Watch: Cool Mic'd Up Ref Audio From Jared Gillett's Last A-League Game

He's Australia's brightest and best, and watchers of Championship football will soon become very familiar with referee Jarred Gillet.

The 32-year-old whistle-blower will be added to the officials list in the English second-tier next season, in doing so becoming the first ref to take charge of an English league game.

Gillett has a decade of experience under his belt in the A-League and has been named the competition's referee of the year on five occasions.

But he drew the curtain on that chapter of his career at the weekend, overseeing Melbourne Victory's 2-1 victory over Brisbane Roar at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

On the occasion of his final match in Australia, Gillett agreed that conversations with his on-field assistants, the game's VAR staff and the players could be broadcast - and it sure made for interesting listening.

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In terms of seeing the likes of this in the Premier League, surely it would be a positive step.

Too often match officials are publicly vilified, with the FA's gagging order on speaking to the media rendering them not only defenceless but cast as out of touch, emotionless zombies.

If the association is worrying that the timeless "the referee's a wanker" chant would die out with the threat of fans becoming enchanted with some referees, they needn't fret. You could have Michael D. Higgins himself refereeing an English league game and he'd still be brandished the aforementioned.

And he's lovely.

Gillett seems a genuine bloke, and it's telling how the players respond to him during the game. Who's to say Michael Oliver or Kevin Friend isn't the same type of guy? To answer our own question, no-one. The truth is we know nothing about these lads until they're in their mid-50s and have a slot on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

Also, the elephant in the room...

That linos voice!

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