Overnight news from the W-League with Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers all announcing exciting additions to their squads.
Above: Mariel Hecher celebrates with Tameka Yallop for Brisbane Roar last season. Photo: W-League.
Brisbane Roar have announced the re-signing of highly talented attacker Mariel Hecher for a second season in orange.
The Brazilian-born forward started every game and scored four goals in a successful first W-League campaign last time around as she seamlessly stepped up from the NPL Queensland.
“I’m super excited,” Hecher said of re-signing with the Roar, “There’s always some doubt about how you will perform in your first season, so getting the invitation to play a second season is just proof that you’re doing something right. It’s good to have as an athlete.
“To have another opportunity to play on the big stage, I’m stoked about it.”
As a long-time NPL star for Lions FC, Hecher tipped the Roar’s strong Queensland-centric focus to reap rewards.
“I think we have a lot of talent here and I think promoting that is a great plan,” she said,
“As we know with the boys, it’s been working. It’s good to apply that to the female side because I think we have very talented players around. I think it’s going to be a very promising side.”
Roar Head Coach Garrath McPherson warmly welcomed Hecher’s re-signing.
“It’s awesome to have Mariel back for her second season,” McPherson said. “She showed last year her killer instinct and creativity in attack and I’m really excited to see these qualities on show again. “She is a perfect example of the pathway that exists through our NPL Women’s competition.”
Jets retain Sunny Franco:
Newcastle Jets have announced that they have retained the services of Sunny Franco for the 2021/22 W-League season.
After an impressive 2020/21 campaign under Coach Ash Wilson, Franco will look to continue her form and build on her attacking threat.
Wilson said; “I’m very happy to have Sunny back on board.
“She is a fierce competitor with a strong work ethic and great attitude which saw her adjust well to our team culture last season. She is dynamic, quick and powerful with clear technical ability that can be very difficult for defenders to contain.
“This is going to be important to the brand of football we want to play and I’m looking forward to working with Sunny to build on last season’s performances.”
Franco along with the likes of Tara Andrews and Gema Simon, is another key player from last season’s squad that has put pen to paper for the upcoming campaign.
Franco made 13 starting appearances for the Jets W-League side last season, with the right footed attacker contributing two goals.
Toward the end of last season, Franco signed with the Brisbane Roar and played in the Club’s finals series but is delighted to return to the Hunter.
Franco said; “I’m super stoked to re-sign with Jets.
“I think it was my favourite W-League season out of all the years I’ve played. I think we really improved as a squad last season and I’m looking forward to building on that and seeing where it can take us.”
Western Sydney Wanderers take Bianca Galic:
Western Sydney Wanderers FC confirmed the signing of midfielder Bianca Galic for the upcoming W-League season.
The young gun joins the club from Canberra United where she played in her first W-League season.
Galic has been a familiar face in the NSW National Premier League Women’s competition where she has plied her trade at Sydney University since she was 14.
The 21-year-old will bolster the Wanderers midfield as new head coach Catherine Cannuli prepares for the 2021/22 season.
Cannuli welcomed Galic to the club, commending her work ethic and development over recent seasons.
“Bianca is a very hard-worker and understands what we are trying to build here at the Wanderers,” said Cannuli.
“Bianca has gone from strength to strength in the National Premier League competition and we have been keeping an eye on her development over the last few years.
“It was fantastic to see her break into the W-League competition last season with Canberra and we are very excited to have her now in Red & Black.”
Galic said she was delighted to play for the Wanderers this W-League season.
“My football development started in Sydney at a very young age so to be representing a Sydney-based team in the W-League is something you dream of when you’re in the youth system,” said Galic.
“It’s great to be able to tick that off my list this year and have the support of my family and friends at each game in Western Sydney.
“The Wanderers have been known to always fight for every match, every goal and every point and that’s something that resonates with me – it’s a direct reflection of the spirit and culture of the club.
“These last few seasons, the Wanderers have been re-building a squad that’s in contention for Finals football and I’m excited to help the club and (head coach) Catherine Cannuli get there this season.
“I know Cath has high expectations of where she wants to take the club and I’d like to help push the team to achieve what we set out to do.
“It would be great on a personal and club level to make another Finals Series appearance!”