Roar and City Continue To Add To Squads

Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City both announce the re-signing of players who have worked their way back after long term injuries as Queenslander Larissa Crummer is back for another season with the Roar and Chelsea Blissett returns to the sky blue.

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Brisbane Roar have announced the latest addition to their 2021/22 W-League squad with the re-signing of former W-League Golden Boot winner Larissa Crummer.

Crummer, 25, becomes Brisbane’s seventh confirmed squad member for the 2021/22 season in another boost to Garrath McPherson’s side. The 20-cap Matilda re-joined the Roar earlier this year and marked her return from a broken leg by scoring in a 4-0 win over Perth Glory in February, her first W-League appearance in over two years.

“It was a surreal feeling,” said Crummer, who grew up on the Sunshine Coast. “I missed being out on the field and having that gameday feeling.

“I’m excited. Playing in front of family and friends is definitely one of the main reasons I’ve decided to come back. Obviously I wasn’t there for the whole of last season. I don’t think Brisbane has ever really had a problem with people gelling or new people coming in. It’s quite a family-orientated team. That’s one of the main reasons I also wanted to come back to Brisbane. I got a taste of the W-League again and I’m really excited to be back.”

Crummer has spent recent months enjoying a spell with NPL Queensland side Capalaba FC, scoring nine goals in 11 games to date for a team that includes several Roar team-mates.

Brisbane Roar head coach Garrath McPherson spoke about how pleased he was to have yet another talented Queenslander on board.

“It’s exciting to celebrate the return of Larissa to the team for the upcoming season,” McPherson said. “She grew up on the Sunshine Coast and has gone on to play at the highest levels in the sport. Larissa provides a physical presence across a front line and I can’t wait to see the trouble she causes opposition central defenders.

“She has a wealth of football knowledge to share with the team and I’m looking forward to seeing her team-mates benefit from that insight.”

Melbourne City Add Blissett on Long-Term Deal:

Artwork supplied by Melbourne City.

Melbourne City have announced the re-signing of defender Chelsea Blissett for the next three seasons.

It’s news that will excite City fans, with the defender missing the entirety of the 2020/21 W-League season after tearing her anterior crucial ligament in pre-season last December.

The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Blissett, as she’d been pushing hard to make her mark as a regular starter after a majority of her 13 W-League appearances had come as a substitute in what was a star-studded City line-up.

Blissett’s re-signing is a big boost to City’s defence with her ability and forward runs perfectly suited to the City style of play.

She has now been cleared to resume team training and is hoping to be back in full-contact training for the start of pre-season.

Speaking about the re-signing of Blissett, Melbourne City Head Coach Rado Vidosic said: “We’re very happy to welcome Chelsea back to the Club after what has been a tough last nine months.

“She’s done all the right things throughout her recovery and has maintained a positive mindset during the whole process. She suits our playing style well and she will play an important role for us this season. We can’t wait to see her back out on the pitch.”

Chelsea Blissett spoke of how much the club’s backing for her has meant since her injury.

“I always had in my mind that I wanted to come back. After quite a horror start to pre-season last year, the support that the Club gave me through it all made it a no-brainer.”

“It means a lot to me because obviously a long-term injury is such a tough time for any footballer and you can sometimes feel a bit disconnected from everyone, but the Club has never once made me feel like that. I’m just looking forward to being around the girls again and being a part of the team.” 

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