Signing news: Academy products return to Canberra as emerging 'keeper joins the Jets

CANBERRA United have secured the services of Alexia Karrys-Stahl and Mikayla Vidmar, two graduates from the club's academy system returning in green for the 2021/22 A-League campaign.

Vidmar, daughter of former Socceroo Tony Vidmar, returns to the Green Machine after a stint in South Australia plying her trade for NPLW SA side Adelaide City. Vidmar was part of the club's 2019 NPLW SA Premiership campaign.

As she returns to Canberra alongside Karrys-Stahl, who represented the Young Matildas at AFC Championship qualifiers in Malaysia in 2014, Vidmar says she's excited to be part of the first-team environment in 2021/22 after watching her idols represent the badge growing through the academy ranks.

“Being part of the Canberra United academy, we would always watch the Canberra United games,” Vidmar told the club website.

“We had some girls in the academy who were also in and out of Canberra United, training and playing so they were always girls we looked up to. The environment and atmosphere at the games has always been incredible.

“The support and unity you feel is like nothing else, and it has always been something I wanted to be a part of.”    

As Canberra United bring two former academy products back into the club's ranks ahead of the 2021/22 A-League season, a former Green Machine squad member signs a one year deal at Newcastle Jets.

23-year-old goalkeeper Georgia Boric joins the Jets eager to compete to become head coach Ash Wilson's number one moving into the upcoming A-League campaign.

A former Young Matildas representative, Boric hopes to make her A-League debut for the Jets in her second opportunity in the competition.

“The opportunity to compete for a position in the A-League Women’s competition is really exciting to me,” Boric said.

“I’m excited to step back into the professional scene and push myself outside my comfort zone.

“I hope to make my debut in the league, and to add to the team environment and culture, driving my teammates to work as a unit and reach our goals.”

Wilson says Boric brings much more than technical ability alone to the Jets squad. 

“Georgia is an exciting prospect having going through the National Youth system,” Wilson said.

“As well as having desirable technical qualities, she is motivated to achieve and loves a challenge. We expect her to bring that to the team and football environment.”

Another former Canberra United player was on the move on Thursday afternoon, with midfielder Ashlie Crofts joining Western Sydney Wanderers on a one-season deal.

Crofts, 23, featured nine times for Canberra in the 2019/20 W-League campaign, scoring one goal. The Western Sydney local has nearly ten years of experience playing for NPLW NSW outfit Blacktown Spartans - and she's eager to put her hometown pride on show in the Red and Black this season.

“Western Sydney is my home,” Crofts said.

“I’ve grown up here, played my junior football in the BDSFA competition and have played for Blacktown Spartans for almost ten years.

“I had a Wanderers membership and went to watch the team every week at the old Pirtek Stadium.

“There is still plenty for me to learn, especially off some of the older, more experienced players. But as a local, I’m hoping to bring a sense of community and what it means to represent Western Sydney to the club.

“Cath (head coach Catherine Cannuli) is a coach that I’ve always wanted to work with and I’m just excited to get started.”