Brisbane Roar will contest the upcoming Westfield W-League 2013/14 season with an unprecedented 19 Queenslanders in their 20-player squad.
In a massive sign of the current and emerging female talent in the state, Head Coach Belinda Wilson’s squad includes nine Westfield Matildas, three Westfield Young Matildas, three Westfield U17 Matildas and three Queensland Academy of Sport players.
The only non-Queenslander and foreign member of the Roar squad is goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, the recently-named UEFA European Female Footballer of the Year.
“I’m very confident in the players we’ve got at the club this season and I’ve seen some promising signs throughout our pre-season preparations,” Wilson said.
“In any playing group, it’s important to maintain the right mix of experience and youth and it’s clear to see that we have that here at Brisbane Roar.
“With the current depth in the squad, I think we can make a real push for success in this year’s W-League season.”
This squad sees the return of Roar stalwarts Joanne Burgess and Kim Carroll, both of whom missed last year’s campaign due to injury.
Sunshine Coast’s Larissa Crummer and Gold Coast local Hayley Raso have also committed to Brisbane for the upcoming season, after stints with Sydney FC and Canberra United respectively.
The ever-reliable Clare Polkinghorne will again don the captain’s armband for the two-time Westfield W-League Champions with Elise Kellond-Knight resuming duties as her deputy.
“This squad is a great representation of what we want for Brisbane Roar,” newly-appointed Football Director Ken Stead said.
“It shows that Queensland has a strong history of developing our own youngsters and the proof is in the talent within this Brisbane Roar W-League squad.
“We have also made sure we have the right players to implement the characteristic Brisbane Roar style of play – attacking, fast-paced football.”
This season, Brisbane Roar Women will have the backing of a major sponsor for the first time in their short history with principal partner Brisbane Airport Corporation signing on for the Westfield W-League 2013/14 campaign.
Fans can now purchase a Brisbane Roar W-League specific membership this season at RoarMemberships.com
The season will kick off on Saturday, 9 November with a home fixture against traditional rivals Canberra United at AJ Kelly Park. Kick off is at 3pm.
Brisbane Roar W-League 2013/14 squad: Nadine ANGERER (gk), Laura ALLEWAY, Joanne BURGESS, Tameka BUTT, Kim CARROLL, Amy CHAPMAN, Larissa CRUMMER, Erika ELZE, Sunny FRANCO, Emily GIELNIK, Brooke GOODRICH, Katrina GORRY, Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, Ayesha NORRIE, Clare POLKINGHORNE, Vedrana POPOVIC, Hayley RASO, Brooke SPENCE, Kate STEWART (gk), Natasha WHEELER