Above: Katrina Gorry in action for Brisbane Roar against Canberra United this season. Photo: Brisbane Roar.
Brisbane Roar midfielder Katrina Gorry has announced that she will be moving to Sweden’s Damallsvenskan at the end of the A-League Women season to join Vittsjö.
The Swedish side, the home club of Gorry’s fellow Brisbane Roar legend Clare Polkinghorne, agreed to let the former Matilda see out the season with the Queensland side ahead of their league season kicking off in March.
“I’m really excited about it the move,” enthused Gorry. “Obviously, I spoke to Polks (Clare Polkinghorne) when she was here and she only said good things about the club, they’re a family club and that’s important.”
The midfielder explained how the process behind accepting the move to Sweden began a while ago with a conversation between herself and baby Harper.
“I promised her and myself that I’d do what it took to get back into the national team and be in contention for that 2023 World Cup.”
Any move overseas is a challenge, both professionally and personally, particularly for a single Mum, but Gorry knows that she has a lot of support behind her.
“It’s going to be hard, being a solo Mum, but we’ve got Polks over there and the club (Vittsjö) have been awesome about it. It’s going to be an awesome adventure. She (Harper) is going to be speaking Swedish and I won’t know what she’s saying!”
Unlike some of last seasons’ transfers from A-League Women clubs to Scandinavia, Gorry will be remaining in Queensland until the end of the season. Something that was very important to her.
“Brisbane Roar have been a massive support for me after coming back from having Harper and I wouldn’t want to leave them halfway through the season. This group are special for me.”
The 29-year-old spoke about how her return to the game after giving birth to Harper had gone. “I didn’t realise how quickly my body would recover. I didn’t put any pressure on myself, but it all came naturally. I haven’t enjoyed playing football as much since I was about 12 years-old and I think it’s showing in my performances.”
With Gorry becoming one of the competition’s elite club of players to make over a hundred appearances, something even more special as they are all with one club, the Queenslander summerized the frustrating campaign that her side has had so far.
“We’ve had disappointing losses, but we’ve stayed together and we want to move on and put games to bed. We’re so hungry to win. We need to be clinical in attack and finish our chances. It’s my tenth season with the Roar and something I’m really proud of.”
Brisbane Roar head coach Garrath McPherson was full of pride in Katrina Gorry as her move to Sweden was announced.
“I’m always pleased when European clubs come after our players. We knew it was a matter of time for her. Part of our role for ‘Mini’ (Gorry) this year was to help her get back to full fitness after giving birth to Harper
“She was always going to go and had our blessings to go. She knows that she still has work to do to be fully ready for that level of competition (the Damallsvenskan). She’ll use everything in our environment to make sure that she is strong, fit, and healthy before she goes. The extra time here will help her.
“Our high-performance staff have been working with her for the past four or five months and she is reaping the rewards for that.”
McPherson closed by revealing how the club marked Gorry’s hundredth appearance. “Ah! We had a morning tea and a special cake! We also know that the Roar Corps (fan group) are looking to do some special things at our next home match next week against Adelaide.