Impetus’ Ben Gilby hears from Sydney FC‘s returning duo of Cortnee Vine and Jada Whyman plus head coach Ante Juric, Western Sydney Wanderers‘ Amy Harrison, plus the reveal of Perth Glory‘s striking two new kits for 2022/23 (23/9/22).
Above: The return of Cortnee Vine (left) and Jada Whyman is huge for Sydney’s hopes to go one better than the last two seasons. Photo: Sydney FC.
Matildas’ stars Cortnee Vine and Jada Whyman will proudly wear the Sky Blue of Sydney FC in the Liberty A-League 2022-23 season.
The double Premiership-winning duo have been central to the Sky Blues’ success over the past two seasons, with their form earning both Matildas call-ups in the past 12 months.
The signature of 24-year-old Vine came despite interest from a number of clubs at home and abroad, with the 13-goal winger excited to be staying in Sky Blue.
“I feel very at home at Sydney FC and the club and our squad are like family to me so had no hesitation in re-signing for the club,” she said.
“We feel we’ve been the best club over the past few years having consistently won trophies and qualified for Grand Finals and we’ve got another very good chance this season with the players in our side.
“Playing for the Matildas at the new Allianz Stadium gave me a real sense of how incredible it is to play there and I can’t wait to go back again this season.”
Goalkeeper Whyman, who is 22 years old, starts her third season in Sydney FC colours and is determined to complete the double after narrowly missing out in the last two Grand Finals.
“I’ve had a fantastic journey since I arrived at Sydney FC, and we’ve had some brilliant wins and successes, but there’s a real determination this season to complete the Championship set,” she said.
“We’ve another young and vibrant squad this year and I think that really bodes well for us in terms of another successful season. The season is longer and it’s going to be tough but it’s also exciting and I can’t wait to get going.”
Head Coach Ante Juric is delighted to have secured two more quality signings for his squad.
“Cortnee and Jada have been integral for us these past two seasons and without question are two of the best players in the competition. They have another season under their belts so I’ve no doubt will improve this year and it will make us stronger. Our squad is looking good and once we bring in three or four more players we’ll be even better.”
Vine and Whyman make up the 17th and 18th players in Sydney FC’s Women’s squad. The players return to pre-season training in mid-October and start their campaign away to Adelaide United on Saturday 20th November.
Harrison Return Boosts Wanderers
Western Sydney Wanderers FC today confirmed the return of Amy Harrison on a two-year deal.
Harrison returns to Australia after a two-year stint in the Eredivisie Women where she made 44 appearances with powerhouse PSV Eindhoven.
During her time in the top tier of women’s football in the Netherlands, Harrison was crowned the winner of the KNVB Beeker Women and was the runner-up to the Eredivisie Women competition.
The midfielder’s last stint in the Liberty A-League was back in 2019/20 with the Red & Black where Harrison helped guide the Wanderers to a number of major milestones including the club’s first-ever Finals Series appearance.
A Western Sydney local, Harrison said she was delighted to ink a two-year deal with the club.
“After two seasons away, I’m so happy to be back home with the Wanderers to play in front of the club’s passionate members and fans, as well as my family and friends,” said Harrison.
“I am ready to pick up where I left off with the Wanderers and to hopefully add some more club milestones and records to the tally. As a Western Sydney local, I understand the importance of playing with passion and pride and I’m so excited for the season ahead.”
The club have also re-signed talented teenager Ella Abdul Massih and Danika Matos.
Perth Glory Unveil New Season Kits
Perth Glory’s brand new Macron home and away kits for the 2022/23 A-Leagues Season have been revealed.
Headlining the launch is the dramatically reworked new home shirt which features two orange stripes running from collar to hem.
With alternating purple and orange colour blocks trimming the sleeves and orange also inlaid into the sleek collar, the shirt is a mixture of a futuristic design feature with nods to proud club tradition.
The away kit, meanwhile, sees the club return to a classic white colourway which is texturally styled with a chevron shadow weave and trimmed with a simple purple collar and cuffs.
There is also an extra nod to the club’s home on the back of the away shirt in the form of an embossed image of the Perth skyline. The shirts are currently available for pre-order.