Above: Danika Matos (left) in action for Western Sydney Wanderers in the Sydney derby last season. Photo: Jason McCawley/Getty Images.
Western Sydney Wanderers have confirmed defender Danika Matos will again play for the club in the upcoming W-League season.
The young defender had a breakout season at the Red & Black in 2020/21 featuring in 11 matches.
Matos joined the Wanderers two seasons ago as a train-on player before being promoted to a senior contract last season.
Head coach Catherine Cannuli praised Matos’ growth and development over the last two years ahead of her third season with the club.
“It has been fantastic to play a role in Danika’s development over the last two years and see her shine in the professional W-League environment,” said Cannuli.
“I am very excited to see where this season goes for Danika as well as support her in her development journey at the club.”
Danika was delighted to be re-signed for the 2021/22 campaign.
“I gained a lot of confidence last season and I grew not only as a footballer but also a person,” said Matos.
“The W-League has grown so much in my last three seasons and it’s so good to see it continue to do.
“Being a young player, it is an amazing opportunity for not only myself but other young players in the same boat to be part of the W-League set-up.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I cannot wait to see it continue for the younger generations coming, I think it’s very important for clubs to give young players the opportunity to try and break into the W-League.
“I just want to continue to develop more and at a club level I would love to make the Finals Series again. To be in the Final would be a dream come true.”