Signing news: Goalkeeping duo snapped up by Canberra United

Canberra United's goalkeeping stocks are in safe hands for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season after confirmation shot-stoppers Shamiran Khamis and Annalee Grove have signed with the club.

Khamis is preparing for her second season with United, having joined the club from Sydney FC last year.

The experienced shot-stopper made an immediate impact at the club, named Canberra United’s Players’ Player at the end of last season.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to Canberra for another season,” Khamis, 24, said.

“The club, my teammates and the community all made it a really enjoyable season last year, so it was an easy decision to come back.

“The club gave me an opportunity last year and have again this year so of course I want to build on that. We want to be successful this season so my mentality and work ethic to be better every day won’t change.” 

Meanwhile, Grove joins Canberra United after spending last season at Brisbane Roar. 

The 18-year-old Young Matilda recently participated in a Westfield Matildas training camp in Sydney, joining Ante Milicics’ squad as a prospective women’s national team player. 

“Being a part of the Matildas training camp was a surreal experience, just being in that environment and with those girls was great,” Grove said.

“I’m hoping that what I’ve learnt from being amongst the team and in training will really benefit me in the coming season.”

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United Head Coach Heather Garriock is excited by the prospect of having two strong, competitive goalkeepers at the club. 

“Similar to last season, we have two very strong goalkeepers and it will be exciting to see them battle it out for the number one spot,” Garriock said. 

“Sham made it her position last season with her consistency in games and training, and her character, desire and leadership both on and off the field are great attributes to lead from the back. 

“Annie is one of the best young goalkeepers in the country and I’m really excited to see her grow and develop this year.” 

Khamis and Grove takes United's squad to five players ahead of Season 12 of the Westfield W-League, joining Karly Roestbakken, Elise Thorsnes and Nikola Orgill. 

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