Impetus’ Ben Gilby hears from Sophie Stapleford who has signed her first A-League contract with her local club Newcastle Jets, after overcoming huge personal challenges, plus the views of head coach Ash Wilson (20/10/22).
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Newcastle Jets have announced the signing of Maitland Magpies Captain Sophie Stapleford for the coming A-League season.
Stapleford, a midfielder, joins the club after her impressive performances in the Newcastle NPL this year as well as her eye-catching displays in the Newcastle Jets Elite Training Program sessions during the off-season.
Newcastle Jets Coach Ash Wilson is excited to welcome Stapleford on board.
“I’m very pleased to be able to announce Sophie in the Newcastle Jets squad. Sophie earned recognition this season with consistent performances for Maitland in the Newcastle NPL and backed this up with impressive sessions as part of the Elite Training Program I was running during the ALW off-season.
“She can be utilised in a number of positions due to the physical and technical qualities she possesses. This combined with her drive to make forward runs and play forward reflects the brand of football we aim to play and made her someone we were keen to work with.
“I think most of the football community in this area are aware of Sophie’s background, the challenges she has faced (she has recovered from a brain tumour) but how hard she has worked and how much resilience she has shown to get here and I can’t wait to see what she is able to achieve working in this high-performance environment.”
Stapleford is excited to get going and impress in her first A-League season. “I’m really excited to be signing with the Jets for my first A-League season. It hasn’t been the easiest journey for me to get here but I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I want to train and play consistently and keep improving every week. I can’t wait for us to work hard throughout the season and build together as a really positive football squad on and off the field.”