Overnight, news broke of Rebekah Stott‘s return to Melbourne City, the culmination of one of the toughest years of the New Zealand international’s life.
Above: Rebekah Stott in action for Melbourne City against Perth Glory. Photo: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images.
Rebekah Stott has re-joined Melbourne City FC. The 28-year-old will make her return to the W-League this season after successfully battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The inspirational Stott was a member of our inaugural W-League squad and has pulled on the City shirt on 62 occasions for the Club, tied with Steph Catley at the top of the appearance list.
A true fan favourite of both the Club and the league, she won four Championships and two Premierships in her time at City from 2015-2020.
She returned to Australia in February this year for treatment and is now in complete remission – her comeback to W-League football providing an inspiration during a tough period.
On March 29 2021, Stott participated in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave to raise awareness and much-needed funds for cancer research. She raised a huge $38,900 for charity – smashing her target of $25,000.
Stott’s return to City’s defence will provide Rado Vidosic’s squad with an added sense of experience and leadership, while there is no doubt that fans will be thrilled to see her return to the Club.
Stott also has 71 caps for New Zealand and has scored four goals since making her international debut in 2012.
She made her return to the football pitch in July with Bulleen Lions in the NPL (see Catherine Paquette’s article for Impetus on Stott’s return here: https://impetus885775742.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/rebekah-stott-making-an-inspiring-return-to-football/ )
Speaking of her excitement at returning to City, Stott said: “It’s an incredible feeling for me to have football back and I definitely didn’t realise how much I’d missed it until I got back on the pitch.
“Dr. Nick (Club doctor) has been with me from the very first appointment to the last and the Club has always been behind me and supported me, so it’s great to be back.
“The W-League is such an amazing league that I always have a great time playing in and I can’t wait to pull on a City shirt again.
Head Coach Rado Vidosic spoke of how pleased he was to have Rebekah Stott back.
“It’s exciting to be announcing our squad for the new season and we are thrilled to have Stotty returning.
“Most importantly, it’s great to see her happy and healthy, but I also can’t wait to see her back on the pitch doing what she loves.
“Our squad this season will be a mix of experience and youth so to have a player of her quality and leadership back amongst the group will be a huge benefit as we look to improve on last season.”