Adelaide Announce Two Key Signings

Impetus hears from Dylan Holmes and Annalee Grove and Reds head coach Adrian Stenta on the news that the pair signed new deals with the South Australian side today. (11/8/22).

Above: Dylan Holmes in action for Adelaide United last season – she’s back in red for 2022/23. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Adelaide United.

Adelaide United announced the key retention of Dylan Holmes today for the Liberty A-League 2022/23 season.

Holmes has been an instrumental presence in the Reds midfield since 2018 and her strong performances saw her transferred to Swedish side BK Häcken and capped by the Matildas in 2021.

The 25-year-old initially made her Adelaide debut in 2014 before returning to the team four years later.

Across her two separate stints, Holmes has accumulated a total of 53 appearances, while scoring four goals and registering seven assists.

Speaking about entering her sixth season with the Club, Holmes said: “I’m really excited to be back again and working with Adrian (Stenta) and the girls. We really took a huge stride forward last year, not just in terms of results but our performances and the way we controlled matches, and the aim will be to build on our first finals appearance.

“For myself, I’ve experienced the best football of my career at Adelaide United and I’m hoping to contribute as much as I can.”

Adelaide United Liberty A-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have signed Dylan again for the upcoming campaign. She is a player fundamental to our success and someone we value very highly because of her leadership qualities she possesses both on and off the field.

“She is technically very good on the ball and will be a key cog in our midfield, so to have her back is a real coup for the team.”

Reds Secure Annalee Grove For The Next Two Seasons

Above: Annalee Grove (centre) penned a new two-year deal with Adelaide United today. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Adelaide United.

On a busy day of announcements for the club, The Reds also announced that Annalee Grove, has re-signed with the Club on a two-year contract until the end of the Liberty A-League 2023/24 season.

The 21-year-old experienced a breakout campaign in her second season with the Reds, playing all 15 matches and recording four clean sheets.

Grove joined the Club ahead of the 2020/21 season and made two starts as she served as Sian Fryer-McLaren’s understudy before assuming the number one role permanently. The shot-stopper is currently spending the offseason in the local WNPL with West Adelaide where she secured the minor premiership.

“Adelaide has been like a second home for me and I’ve really enjoyed my time here in this great city and fantastic Club. It was pleasing to finally secure a first-ever finals appearance last season and I believe as a team we’re building something special.”

Adelaide United’s Liberty A-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “We’re delighted to be re-signing a quality, young goalkeeper in Annie. She really made the step up into the number one role and was one of the key factors behind our significant improvement last season.

“Annie will only continue improving with the more games she plays at this level and I’m confident she’ll only build on her positive performances.”

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