Above: Sydney FC lift the A-League title after their Grand Final win over Western United this year. Photo: Kris Goman for Impetus.
Sydney FC have retained the majority of their Championship and Premiership winning Liberty A-League Women’s squad for the 2023-24 season.
Head Coach Ante Juric, who recently agreed a two-year contract extension, will be able to call upon 17 of his double-winning side when they start the defence of their title later this year.
The squad includes captain Natalie Tobin and central defensive partner Charlotte Mclean who signed two-year contracts last season.
Recent Matildas call-ups Jada Whyman, Princess Ibini, and Mackenzie Hawkesby were also already locked in for another season while fellow under-23 internationals Sarah Hunter, Charlie Rule, and Kirsty Fenton also enter the second year of their deals.
Republic of Ireland Women’s World Cup hopeful, the former Perth Glory defender Deborah-Anne De La Harpe is also due to return once any potential international commitments are fulfilled.
Young sisters Jynaya and Indiana Dos Santos will be upgraded from scholarship to full two-year professional Liberty A-League contracts starting this season, with Shay Hollman also returning for the second of her three-season deal.
Abbey Lemon, Teigan Collister, and Mary Stanic-Floody also have another year on their contracts.
Current Sydney FC Under 20 Player of the Year Taylor Ray will return from a third anterior cruciate ligament injury, picked up just hours after making her Matildas debut last year. She will sign a new one-year contract alongside young goalkeeper Tahlia Franco who has also inked a new two-year deal.
Sadly, title-winning stars Rachel Lowe, Madison Haley, Katie Offer, and Shay Evans will all leave the club after a number of fantastic years of service, while Kiwi international Anna Green is set to retire from football.
“I’d like to thank those players for their dedication and for helping us create a culture which has led to much success in recent years,” said Head Coach Ante Juric.
“They’ve all performed exceptionally whenever they have been called upon and have contributed immensely to our squad, so we wish them well. It’s fantastic to have kept the majority of our players together for next season and I look forward to adding more ahead of pre-season.
“We will be looking to improve as it will be another tough season but I’m confident we can retain both titles and create more memories.”
Sydney FC remain in discussions with a number of other players, including Cortnee Vine, Rola Badawiya, and Anika Stajcic about returning to the club.
Sydney FC Contracted A-League Womens Squad 2023/24 Season
JADA WHYMAN, MARY STANIC-FLOODY, CHARLOTTE MCLEAN, KIRSTY FENTON, SARAH HUNTER, TEIGAN COLLISTER, NATALIE TOBIN. ABBEY LEMON, MACKENZIE HAWKESBY, DEBORAH-ANNE DE LA HARPE, JYNAYA DOS SANTOS, TAYLOR RAY, CHARLIE RULE, PRINCESS IBINI, SHAY HOLLMAN. INDIANA DOS SANTOS, TAHLIA FRANCO.