Signing news: Local defender joins Canberra United for 2019/20 Season

An incredible season in the Capital Football NPLW has led to Jessie Rasschaert winning a deal with Canberra United for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season.

Jessie Rasschaert was voted as the Capital Football NPLW Player of the Year in 2019 for an outstanding campaign with treble winners Belconnen United.

The central defender was at the heart of a Belconnen side that conceded just four goals in all competitions, while scoring over 100 of their own.

But after dominating at a local level, the 32-year-old mother of one now has her sights set on her maiden Westfield W-League campaign.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Westfield W-League, but just never thought it would happen, especially after having a baby less than two years ago,” Rasschaert said.

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The star defender will follow in the footsteps of Michelle Heyman, Caitlin Munoz and Catherine Brown as Belconnen players who have also donned the green of Canberra United.

“I’m really excited for this season, to be given the opportunity to play at a professional level still feels a bit surreal,” Rasschaert said.

“The girls are amazing and have been really welcoming and there is a lot of talent in the team so I’m excited to see what we can do together this year.”

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Canberra United Head Coach Heather Garriock says Rasschaert is a fantastic role model to have around the group.

“Juggling being a mother, a full-time physio and a professional footballer, Jessie is an exceptional role model,” Garriock said.  

“Her athleticism and tenacity in attack and defence will add so much value to our squad.

“I’m delighted the fans will get to see another local star in green this season.”

Rasschaert is the fourth local player to sign with Canberra United for the upcoming season, joining young guns Karly Roestbakken, Laura Hughes and Hayley Taylor-Young.

Canberra United Squad

Goalkeepers: Shamiran KHAMIS, Annalee GROVE 
Defenders: Taren KING, Nikola ORGILL, Jessie RASSCHAERT
Midfielders: Karly ROESTBAKKEN, Olivia PRICE, Laura HUGHES
Forwards: Elise THORSNES, Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG 

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