Melbourne City have welcomed back a pair of three-time Westfield W-League champions in Aivi Luik and Rebekah Stott.
The 12-cap Westfield Matilda, Luik, and experienced New Zealand international, Stott, had both been playing for Avaldsnes IL, who finished fifth in the Norwegian Toppserien.
After the European league came to a conclusion last weekend, the duo will rejoin Rado Vidosic’s side for City’s Round 2 clash against Canberra United at McKellar Park on Sunday, 24 November at 4pm AEDT.
Luik has featured in 76 Westfield W-League matches but made the move to Europe in 2018/19 and turned out 26 times for Levante in the Spanish Primera División Femenina, before going on to play in Scandinavia.
The midfielder wrote herself into club folklore when she was crowned Westfield W-League Player of the Year in 2015/16 as an undefeated City clinched a Premiership-Championship double in their debut season in the competition.
The 34-year-old started in the Westfield Matildas’ 2-1 win against Chile in Sydney 11 days ago and is excited to be returning ‘home’ to Victoria.
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"I'm really happy to be returning to play with Melbourne City for the upcoming 2019/20 W-league season,” Luik said.
“It's a club I called home for three seasons before playing in Spain last year and in its short history, has won many titles and championships.
“I’m hungry for more of that success and with the same hard work, dedication, high standards and a good group of people, we will have a very good chance of creating more history.”
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Stott was another member of City’s historic ‘three-peat’ side that won Championships in their first three years in the Westfield W-League from 2015 to 2018.
The 26-year-old, who has made 75 Westfield W-League appearances, turned out nine times for the Victorians last season as City missed out of the Westfield W-League Finals Series on goal difference.
“We’re excited to have Rebekah back in City colours, she’s been one of the Club’s most important players from the very start,” said head coach Vidosic.
“An experienced winner, she knows what it takes to win the league and we’re looking forward to her returning with that same hunger that has made her so successful.
“A versatile defender, one of Rebekah’s biggest strengths is her ability to not only fulfil her defensive duties but to also contribute to our attacking style of play, as she looks to take the game on and beat her opponents.
“She’s an experienced international and a player that City fans enjoy watching.”