Two World Cup finals squads, one European Championship, 62 England caps, over 500 Premier League matches: These are the statistics which make Emile Heskey a valuable asset for the A-League and, in turn, his club the Newcastle Jets.
Critics will resist looking beyond Heskey's goalscoring record -- the cross every striker must bear -- though it is the wealth of experience that he offers which is of greatest interest to his current team.
But what is the value of experience? How does experiencing certain situations before benefit a player and his team?
The answer, of course, is as complex as any team dynamic. However, there is one factor by which the effect of experience can be judged: Consistency.
Even the most talented young players suffer from rollercoaster rides of form and mentality. Silly mistakes, lapses in concentration and failing to make the most of opportunities are, unfortunately, hallmarks of youth. And, if a player is to establish themselves as a full-time professional, these sorts of errors must be minimised.
That is where Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond has looked to improve his side and lift them into the A-League finals for the first time in three years. Van Egmond has drafted in Dutch veteran defender Kew Jaliens and fringe Socceroo Nathan Burns to guide the team alongside Heskey, Michael Bridges and skipper Ruben Zadkovich.
It is hoped the Hunter side can level out the relatively erratic performances seen by their youthful squad in recent years to climb back toward the title they claimed in the 2007-08 season.
A humble Heskey says the older heads in the club are ready to guide the likes of Josh Brillante, Adam Taggart and James Virgili.
"We're hoping to make a big impact," Heskey told ESPN. "We've got some young lads who've done really well and they've obviously made it into a couple of squads with the Socceroos. It's nice for them to be acknowledged as well, a lot of them have played their first full season last year and it's a great stepping stone.
"Usually after their first full season that's when you get a little feel for it and everything starts to fall into place after that. We've made a couple of recruits and it's been good for us to have some more experienced players that will help the younger lads as well, and will help them build their careers.
"It's just being able to show them that you've got to focus at all times. You can't be switching on and off, you have to be focused all the time to be producing the performances that will carry you through the season.
"You've got to learn that very quickly [in the Premier League]. With the competition as it is in Europe and in the Premier League, you've got to be more consistent because there's a lot of people waiting to step into your place. Here, you've got the opportunity to forge something and play regularly with clubs and then hopefully break into that Socceroos squad for the World Cup.
"My personal goals are the same as the team because at the end of the day without the team, you're just an individual who can't play football against eleven other players. So my goal is the same as the team; to better last year and get into that top six, hopefully top four, and be in the play-offs.
"If we eradicate some of the silly mistakes then we've got a chance of doing something really good this season."
However, with the squad settled, disaster struck for the former England international. During a pre-season clash against Melbourne Victory, Heskey was sent sprawling by a hefty challenge. The result was a torn medial ligament, which will see him miss the opening month of the season.
"It's a massive blow. To be honest, this is probably my second major injury within an 18-year career. So it's not so bad, but it's just bad timing. I'm going to be working hard to get myself back fit and get going for the team," he explained.
Heskey will no doubt boost the Jets' chances this season upon his return, and the 35-year-old credits the switch directly from the Premier League to the A-League as a reason to his renewed enthusiasm for the game.
"I'd been playing my whole career in the one league and, it's weird, because with English players they don't tend to move out of England.
"So when this opportunity came up I asked a lot of people who'd actually taken that trip and gone abroad and ventured out of basically what they know -- the norm. They loved it. So it was an opportunity for me to experience that as well.
"It's been wonderful [in Australia]. I've got great team-mates as well, so that makes it a lot easier."
Heskey, Jaliens, Bridges, Burns and Zadkovich have the knowledge and ability to steady the Jets' ship this season as they move toward the finals. But that should not be confused with being dull. As always with Newcastle, it's set to be an enthralling ride, starting with a blockbuster clash against Alessandro Del Piero's Sydney FC.
Newcastle Jets at a glance:
Last season finish: 8th
Ins: Kew Jaliens, Nathan Burns (loan), Joey Gibbs
Outs: Bernardo Ribeiro, Dominik Ritter, Marko Jesic, Jack Duncan
Prediction: Gary van Egmond's men have a much stronger spine this season and should prove more consistent than the recent past. The finals look well within their reach, but how far they go could depend on the fitness of key men Emile Heskey and Nathan Burns, both of whom suffered injury in the pre-season.