Melbourne City have confirmed the double signing of Westfield Matildas stars Elise Kellond-Knight and Tameka Butt ahead of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season.
The former Brisbane Roar duo and Australian national team midfield generals have joined City alongside returning Aussie teammates Steph Catley and Kyah Simon.
City have also bolstered their attack with the arrival of former Western Sydney Wanderers forward Helen Caceres and ex-Adelaide and Newcastle striker Adriana Jones, who will provide Melbourne coach Rado Vidosic with additional firepower in the final third.
“We’ve secured a number of top-class new signings for the 2018/19 season, that will add to the quality the returning players have demonstrated these past few seasons,” Vidosic told Melbourne City's official website.
“We all know the quality Tameka and Elise can bring to the team following their many successful performances for the Matildas, particularly during the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup."
Following successful seasons with City in the past, Japanese World Cup winner Yukari Kinga and Kiwi international Rebekah Stott have also re-signed for Melbourne, bringing significant Westfield W-League and international experience.
Having played an important midfield role in the club's past three seasons, foundation player Amy Jackson returns for the 2018/19 season, as does experienced former Westfield Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri alongside Rhali Dobson and Sofia Sakalis.
“We’ve retained a large group of the successful squad from last year which provides us with a stable platform to work from,” said Vidosic.
“With the quality and hunger for success of our new signings, this is a team that wants to win.
“We’ve still got a few more players to confirm before our list is complete which I am sure will excite all Melbourne City fans ahead of the new season.”
Melbourne City FC’s Westfield W-League title defence kicks off against Canberra United at McKellar Park in the capital on October 28.