Roar and Wanderers Announce Further Squad Additions

There’s yet more W-League signing news with Brisbane Roar announcing two hometown heroes re-signing with the club and Western Sydney Wanderers handing a first W-League contract to Sheridan Gallagher. We hear from all three players and both head coaches.

Artwork: Brisbane Roar.

Brisbane Roar have announced Young Matildas midfielder Hollie Palmer and goalkeeper Georgie Worth as their latest W-League squad additions for the 2021/22 season.

Hollie Palmer is a Brisbane born, former Young Footballer of the Year nominee who made her top-flight debut with the Roar as a 16-year-old in October 2017.

She made 27 appearances in total across a three-season period before moving south to Melbourne City, but has now returned to the Sunshine State to join Garrath McPherson’s expanding group of homegrown talents.

“I’m super excited,” Palmer said. “Obviously I grew up playing most of my football in Queensland and to have the support of my family around me is a bonus. I can’t wait to put the orange jersey on again. I’ve played under Garrath before so I’m familiar with his coaching style. We sat down and talked about goals I want to achieve in the next few months. He’s been supportive of that.”

Though still just 20, Palmer feels ready to step into a senior role in an exciting Roar side.
“I’ve played in the W-League for a few years now and I know what it’s all about. I think I can be a bit of a leader in that sense. I know a lot of the girls will have played together or against each other before. I think it will be a really smooth transition. I just can’t wait to get started.”

McPherson described Palmer as a “learner” who is “always seeking ways to improve.”
“It is so great to be able to bring a midfielder of Hollie’s quality back home to Queensland,” the Roar Head Coach said, “she has an exceptional technique that shines through in her range and variety of ball striking.”

“She is also an incredibly positive person. It inspires those around her to be the same, an important quality for leaders in any team. Hollie is focused on becoming the best footballer she can be.”

Above: Georgie Worth will be back between the sticks for her home town club this season. Photo: Brisbane Roar.

The club have also been able to re-sign yet another Brisbane born star in Georgie Worth. The 24-year-old has recommitted to the Roar after breaking into the starting XI last term, making nine appearances and recording four clean sheets.

“It’s nice to see some familiar faces from last season but also some girls returning to the Roar after a couple of years,” Worth said.

“It seems like we’re putting together a competitive squad with a lot of Queenslanders, which is nice to see.

“Some of the players have been playing together in the off-season, building that chemistry. That should definitely translate into the W-League, which is good. I worked with Garrath [McPherson] when he was assistant to Mel Andreatta and I’m really excited he’s now taken the role of Head Coach – I think he’s a great coach and a great person.

“I think he’ll be able to build a really competitive environment, which will benefit a lot of the younger players who are stepping into the team. It’s going to be a challenge without some of the experienced players but I’m looking forward to it and I think it will be nice to see how it all comes together.”

McPherson said he was “very happy” to secure Worth’s signature for the upcoming campaign. “George has been an integral part of the Brisbane Roar Women’s program for many years and will provide experience and leadership both on and off the field,” he said.

“She has an ability to make all members of a team feel welcome and has a high degree of empathy. I am sure that our new team members will benefit from the support she provides.

“George also has a great working relationship with our Goalkeeper Coach Brody Sams, and I am excited to see how she continues to improve this coming season. I know the Queensland football community will be just as happy as me that she is returning in goal!”

Wanderers Hand Gallagher First W-League Contract:

Above: Sheridan Gallagher in action for the Young Matildas against Thailand.
Photo: Football Australia.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today confirmed the signing of Sheridan Gallagher for the upcoming W-League season.

The forward is set to play in her first season of the W-League competition with the Wanderers after honing her craft in the National Premier League Women’s competition and US College System with William Carey University.

Head coach Catherine Cannuli welcomed Gallagher to the club: “We look forward to watching her continue to grow and develop at the club.”

“It is very important that we continue to give young footballers the opportunity to be part of our W-League set-up and as we have seen over the last few seasons, their development has seen them earn starting positions at the club.”

Gallagher said she was excited for her first W-League season: “I am excited to have my first W-League contract with the Wanderers. All my hard-work has paid off and I am looking forward to playing and training with the team,” said Gallagher.

“From watching the Wanderers play, I know that they are a hard-working, cohesive and professional team. I am expecting the level of training and playing to be a step-up from the National Premier League Women’s.

“My goals are to firstly be part of the starting team and then to hopefully make Finals with the club.”

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