Experienced Westfield Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams is among three key signings announced by Melbourne City on Wednesday.
In a huge boost to City’s hopes of returning to the Westfield W-League Finals Series in 2019/20, Williams has committed to the club as well as American defender Lauren Barnes and Japanese midfielder Yukari Kinga.
“We’re delighted to welcome back a crucial group of players that have played a significant role for our Club in recent seasons,” City boss Rado Vidosic told City’s official website.
“There ability to perform at the highest level consistently alongside their individual qualities, both on and off the pitch, is what makes them so important.
“We’re welcoming back three individuals who have a strong winning mentality, who are fierce competitors and a group who will continue to strive towards achieving success.
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“I’m very confident in this squad’s ability and believe that we are building a team that has what it takes to compete for the title this season.”
Williams joins fellow Westfield Matildas Emily van Egmond, Ellie Carpenter, Emma Checker and Kyah Simon in the City squad for the upcoming campaign.
The 81-cap Australian shot-stopper returns to the club after another strong season with Reign FC in the NWSL.
Meanwhile, Barnes is back for her third campaign in City sky blue and former FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Kinga returns to add experience and class in the midfield.
Melbourne City FC’s Westfield W-League squad
Lydia Williams, Melissa Barbieri, Lauren Barnes, Emma Checker, Emily Van Egmond, Chelsea Blissett, Sofia Sakalis, Nia Stamatopoulos, Tyla-Jay Vlajnic, Yukari Kinga, Kyah Simon.