Above: New Western United signing Danielle Steer in action in Canada. Photo: University of British Columbia.
Canadian attacker Danielle Steer will add further potency to Western United’s A-League Women attack after joining the club for the remainder of the 2022/23 season.
Steer has been a dominant force for the University of British Columbia putting together 71 combined goals and assists in five years, breaking the Canada West conference record which previously stood at 65.
The 2022 Canada West Women’s Soccer Player of the Year said she is delighted to now begin her professional journey in Australia.
“I’m very excited to be starting my professional career at Western United. Not only am I walking into a team that is already in great form on the field, off the field the girls have created a positive and welcoming environment that I’m proud to now be part of,” she said.
“I’m a hard-working player and as an attacker, I’m hoping to create a dangerous presence up front and around the goal.”
Western United Head Coach Mark Torcaso said Steer’s quality was clear and that she will have a strong impact on the group from the outset.
“I’m really pleased to be able to bring Dani into our team and I’m confident that she will add a great deal to our attack,” he said.
“We’ve seen her numbers and her quality throughout her college career and I’m really excited to see her bring that into our side now. I’m looking forward to seeing her bring her goals and assists into our league.
“Putting her alongside our brilliant attacking options adds to our significant depth up front and it’s comforting to know that we have so many weapons capable of causing danger to the opposition.”
While this will be Steer’s first venture into Australian football, she is no stranger to Australia and Australian sports culture – Steer’s mother is born and bred in Sydney and is the niece of swimming legend and four-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Fraser.
The 23-year-old will fit right into United’s attack, which currently ranks equal second in the Liberty A-League, and will be available leading into a busy period of matches in the new year.