From Brisbane Roar (27/10/22)
Above: Jessie Rasschaert wins a header for Brisbane Roar at Melbourne Victory last season. Photo: Imago.
Brisbane Roar have re-signed experienced defender Jessie Rasschaert for the 2022/23 Liberty A-League season.
Rasschaert returns for her second season with the Roar having played in all 14 matches during the 2021/22 campaign.
The centre-back is looking forward to donning the orange and black once again for the upcoming campaign.
“We’ve got terrific staff and I’m looking forward to working with them again,” Rasschaert said. “There are a few new faces, a few old faces but I’m excited to be part of the group again.”
The 35-year-old relocated to Queensland in 2021 after spending two seasons with her hometown team Canberra United.
The defender had another strong season in the National Premier League Women (NPLW) Queensland with Gold Coast United, as her side reached the Grand Final, playing in 17 games.
Above: Jessie Rasschaert (third left) celebrates Katrina Gorry’s goal at Melbourne Victory last season. Photo: A-League Women.
Rasschaert was also part of the Gold Coast side who also reached the Kappa Women’s Super Cup quarter-final, where the defender scored one of her two goals this season.
Roar head coach Garrath McPherson said Rasschaert provides experience and maturity in their team environment. He went on: “Jesse quickly became a fan favourite last year after being signed from Gold Coast United, and she has not lost a single yard of speed,” he said.
“She played over 1,000 minutes of A-League football across the season and provided experience and maturity to our environment. She has picked up from where she left off and it has been great to see her back with her teammates enjoying the hard work of pre-season,” McPherson added.
As she prepares for this to be her last A-League season, Rasschaert is looking to be there for her teammates, both on and off the pitch.
“I think I just want to be there for the team, in all aspects on the field, off the field. I think I just want to create a positive environment and be the best person, I can be for everyone,” she said.
“Women’s football at the moment is huge so to be part of this world is special to me. I’m probably going to make it my last season so I’m definitely going to try to finish on a high and go for the trophy at the end,” she added.
The Roar A-League squad will continue preparations for their upcoming season as they build towards their Round 1 clash with Canberra United on 19 November.