Signing news: Jenna McCormick joins Melbourne Victory
Jenna McCormick has signed for Westfield W-League Premiers 2018/19 Melbourne Victory and set her sights on representing Australia at the Olympic Games.
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The 25-year-old former Australian rules football star has decided to focus on the round-ball game and aims to break into the Westfield Matildas squad for the Tokyo 2020 tournament.
McCormick is currently training at Ante Milicic’s Westfield Matildas camp, where 12 players that featured in the FIFA Women’s World Cup are joined by nine fresh faces ahead of a two-match series against Chile in November.
The next step of the process for the two-time AFLW Premiership winner, with the Adelaide Crows, was to secure her future for the 2019/20 Season with Jeff Hopkins’ Premiers.
“Pursuing football ahead of AFLW was about feeling a sense of unfinished business and wanting to represent my country,” McCormick told Melbourne Victory’s official website.
“The Olympics next year is where I want to be. I’ve had a really successful time with the Crows winning two premierships, and I felt as though I’d achieved everything I wanted to there.
“As we finished on a high, the time was right to move on to the next challenge in my career and I’ve found that here at Melbourne Victory.
“I’m really excited – I’ve been really impressed with the overall standard of the resources they provide for the women’s program, and I want to be in an elite environment and be able to perform at my best, which I believe I’ll be able to do here.”
McCormick started her Westfield W-League career with hometown Adelaide United in 2012 and has gone on to make 74 appearances for three clubs.
She lifted the Premiership with Canberra United in the 2016/17 Season and turned out for Brisbane Roar in 2018/19.
“It’s very exciting to sign a player of Jenna’s calibre,” said Hopkins.
“She’s proven at W-League level and has also experienced a lot of success in the AFLW competition that she can now bring to us as we look to improve on last year’s premiership triumph.”