Impetus hears from the Adelaide United defender Matilda McNamara and head coach Adrian Stenta as the South Australian club announce her departure for Europe (28/7/22).
Above: Matilda McNamara in action for Adelaide United last season. There is a possibility that her move to Denmark may still allow her to play some part in the 2022/23 A-League campaign. Photo: Adelaide United.
Adelaide United star Matilda McNamara has departed the club to pursue an overseas opportunity with Danish Women’s League side, Aarhus Gymnastik Forening (AGF).
The 23-year-old has been a stalwart in defence over the last two seasons for the Reds, playing all 27 matches and scoring three goals, and last month was called up to the Matildas for the first time.
Speaking about her decision to join AGF, the centre-back said: “I’m extremely grateful for my time with Adelaide United and feel like I’ve improved a lot since returning to the team in 2019. My goal has always been to play abroad and I believe now is the right time in my career to take that next step and challenge myself.
“Having overseas experience will also help in my development as a footballer and person, and hopefully increase my chances of representing the Matildas, especially with the World Cup occurring next year.”
Adelaide United’s Liberty A-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “Matilda has been a resolute presence at the back for us for a couple of seasons now and deserves this opportunity.
“However, as a Club, we’ll never stand in the way of a player looking to better themselves by moving overseas. Hopefully, Matilda will still be able to play some role for us in the upcoming 2022/23 season, but we’ll have a better understanding about that possibility later in the year.”
McNamara accumulated a total of 33 appearances with Adelaide across two separate stints with the Club.