City bring talented young trio aboard for 2021/22

MELBOURNE City head coach Rado Vidosic has added three teenage prospects to his ranks ahead of the 2021/22 W-League campaign, with Holly McNamara, Caitlin Karic and Darcey Malone all committing to the club on Friday morning.

Striker McNamara and midfielder Malone, both 18 years of age, are joined by 15-year-old Karic in signing for City, with Malone returning for her second W-League stint after appearing twice for Sydney FC in the 2018/19 W-League season.

The three arrivals take Vidosic's squad up to 13 players heading into the 2021/22 campaign, with further arrivals imminent as the season draws closer.

The City boss told the club website he's excited to welcome three of the nation's top young footballers into the club's ranks.

“We’re excited to be bringing in three of the best young footballing talents in Australia.

“Holly is one of the top young strikers in the country and we’re very happy to have her joining the club. She has pace, is technically gifted, and we believe she’ll fit in well with our style of play.

“Caitlin is an attacking threat and certainly has a bright future ahead of her. We’re excited to work with her and help her develop into the player we know she can become.

“Darcey joins us with some previous W-League experience, and she’s also spent time in the Junior Matildas set-up. Her qualities fit seamlessly into our style of play, and we look forward to seeing her improve this season.”

McNamara, 18, joins City as a promising young striker who put five goals on the board in the suspended NPL NSW season for Football NSW Institute.

The attacker is joined by 15-year-old defensive midfielder Karic and Malone, who made two appearances for the Sky Blues in the 2018/19 campaign. Malone will look to build on the brief cameos she received off the bench for Sydney FC at City this season, with just 11 minutes of game time to use as a reference point ahead of her return to the W-League.

Malone joins City for the 2021/22 season, while Karic and McNamara put pen to paper on two-year deals with the club.

“In speaking to Rado, City’s style of play really suits my game and I feel I can contribute to the team in that regard," Malone said.

“City is the most successful club in the W-League with a very professional set up and a great team culture. I am excited to be a part of what Rado is building and I feel very lucky to be included in his plans.”