EMILY van Egmond has signed with Melbourne City on a one-year deal for the 2019/20 W-League season, the club confirmed this week.
The Australian star, who has earned 90 caps with the Matildas, said she was excited to start the next chapter of W-League career, and hit the ground running with the three-time domestic champions.
“I’m very excited to begin my journey at Melbourne City. The Club is extremely professional, second to none, and I’m just super excited to be here,” the Matildas star said after her major move.
“We have a huge year coming up again with the Matildas, with Olympic qualifications and hopefully Olympics, and I feel where I am right now in my career, it’s the best environment for me to be able to challenge myself individually as a player.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to play in a bunch of different environments, Europe, the US and here in Australia, and I think all these different experiences have definitely helped shape my career and helped me gain those 90 caps for the national team.
“I have a strong winning mentality, which is part of the reason I chose to come to Melbourne City because I want to win, and as a footballer, I feel that my knowledge of the game and my passing attributes are my biggest strengths.”
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The Novocastrian superstar began her career with the Jets in the 2008/09 season, where she scored two goals in the short-format year and stormed onto the Australian stage. She made the switch to Canberra in 2009, and then Fortuna Hjørring in Denmark.
Van Egmond returned to Newcastle in 2011, where she scored five goals in 17 games, before making the switch to the US-based Western New York Flash. She soon was on the move again, signing with the Seattle Reign in 2013.
Her return to the W-League saw her land with Western Sydney, where she made 12 appearances across the 2013/14 season. Her next W-League move was back to the Jets, before playing for Frankfurt and Wolfsburg in Germany.
Most recently, she shone for Newcastle again, and made a major 25 appearances Orlando in the NSWL ahead of her season-ending injury with the Pride.
“We are delighted to have a player of Emily’s quality and experience join the Club ahead of the new season,” Melbourne City’s head of football Michael Petrillo said.
“Her leadership and composure will bring great strength to our midfield. Emily has demonstrated great consistency and versatility at the highest level, she is a very talented midfielder with great vision and technical skills that will suit the City style.”