LABINOT Haliti was one of the first at&nbsp;Jets training at Ray Watt Oval on Monday morning. It was a&nbsp;ritual the 31-year-old followed during a 164-game A-League career that spanned more than a decade. This time, instead of giving every ounce of energy on the pitch, he stayed on the periphery, watching, listening,&nbsp;scribbling&nbsp;notes as Ernie Merrick put the squad through the session. It was&nbsp;the start of a journey that Haliti hopes mirrors&nbsp;the path he took as player. Haliti has made the leap to coaching&nbsp;and is assisting Lawrie McKinna with the Jets youth team. On Wednesday night,&nbsp;he sat on the bench&nbsp;beside&nbsp;the experienced mentor for the first time as the youth went down 3-2 to Northern NSW NPL contenders Valentine. “I am very passionate about it&nbsp;–&nbsp;24/7, I am football, football, football,” Haliti said.&nbsp;“Coaching was a natural progression. Being at the club for so long, knowing the club and giving it so much on the field, I thought I could offer myself in a different role. Newcastle gave&nbsp;me my first break as a player and this is a chance for me to give something back. As&nbsp;a player I always gave&nbsp;100 per cent and nothing will change in that regard. Throughout my career I have had different types coaches and you learn from all of them.” Haliti has two of the A-League’s best mentors&nbsp;in McKinna, who took the Mariners to two grand finals, and dual championship-winner Merrick. “No-one starts with experience,” Haliti said.&nbsp;“I have two great people behind me in Lawrie and Ernie.&nbsp;They both have experience and have won things. It is good for me to work with people who have been there and done that, and are still doing it.”&nbsp; Haliti completed his B-Licence accreditation at a nine-day course in Canberra last month, where he was joined by former and current&nbsp;A-League stars&nbsp;Archie Thompson, Richie Garcia, Jason Culina and&nbsp;Carl Valeri. “It was a very good group,” he said.&nbsp;“It was good to listen to a different point of view and was another learning curve for me.” Haliti made six A-League appearances for the Jets last season after returning from a knee reconstruction. He had opportunities to play&nbsp;overseas&nbsp;and in the national premier league, but after 164 A-League games at the Jets and Wanderers&nbsp;and a&nbsp;stint in Poland, he opted to retire. “I enjoyed every moment of my career,” he said.&nbsp;“I have been involved in grand finals, the highlight being the 2014 Champions League title. To be a part of that and play almost every minute&nbsp;…&nbsp;I&nbsp;have done everything I wanted to do.&nbsp;People said&nbsp;once you retire it is over.&nbsp;I didn’t see it like that. The way the club has opened the doors for me from day one as a player, and to be involved with the club in another way, it was an easy decision. I&nbsp;could not ask&nbsp;for a better place to be. I am passionate about the region. I know the mentality of the people and I know what is expected.” Meanwhile, the Jets, Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney have been linked to a move for former Socceroo Dario Vidosic.