Impetus hears from key Adelaide United defender Isabel Hodgson as the Reds star signs a two-year deal, plus Paige Hayward on her new contract. Adelaide head coach Adrian Stenta also explains why he is so delighted to secure the pair for another campaign (12/8/22).
Above: Isabel Hodgson, one of Adelaide United’s standout players last season, signed a new two-year deal at the club today. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Adelaide United.
Adelaide United announced the major news today that defender Isabel Hodgson has re-signed with the club for the next two Liberty A-League seasons.
The 26-year-old made her Reds debut during the 2013/14 campaign and has since gone on to amass 58 appearances, scoring four goals. Hodgson was awarded the captaincy in December 2021, and in doing so, became the 10th Reds player to wear the armband.
In 13 matches last season, she helped lead Adelaide to a third-place finish and secure an inaugural finals berth.
Speaking about returning for her eighth season, Hodgson said: “I’m thrilled to be back in red playing for my hometown team. To be given the privilege of captaining this group of girls last season was a massive honour and something I’m very appreciative of. I’m confident we can build on our history-making season last year and get closer to winning a championship.”
Adelaide United’s Liberty A-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “Isabel has been a tremendous player for us, particularly over the past couple of seasons.
“She’s really grown in the role as the leader of our team, embracing the extra responsibility that comes with the captaincy. I’m proud we’ve managed to re-sign her until 2024 and hopefully, we can improve on what we realised last season.”
Hayward Pens New Deal
Also today, the South Australians announced that forward Paige Hayward, has re-signed for the 2022/23 season.
The 27-year-old joined the Reds last season and registered two assists in 10 appearances, featuring as a winger and auxiliary full-back.
Speaking about returning to the Reds, Hayward said: “I’m really happy to be back at Adelaide United. I’ll be looking to help the team as much as I can in whatever role that’s given to me. We made huge progress as a team by making the finals for the first time last season and hopefully we can build on that this campaign.”
Adelaide United’s Liberty A-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “We’re really pleased to have re-signed Paige ahead of the new season. She provides our squad with plenty of dynamism and energy because of her tireless work rate.
“Paige is also quite tactically versatile and demonstrated her ability to fill a number of positions for us during games.”