Sydney FC have signed Matildas firebrand Lisa De Vanna for their' upcoming W-League campaign.
In a major coup for the Sky Blues, the national team's all-time leading goalscorer will spearhead the harbour-siders attack in 2017/18.'
The 32-year-old, known for her combative style, is one of the most decorated Australian female footballers boasting three W-League Championships, one Premiership, AFC Asian Cup, Julie Dolan Medal, plus a FIFA Women’s World Cup All Star Team inclusion and FFA Female Footballer of the Year award. She is ranked third in the all-time appearances list for the national team.
“I’m really excited to be representing Sydney FC this season,” De Vanna said.
“Under (coach) Ante Juric I believe the Sky Blues are capable of special things, I want to be a part of a Championship winning team, and I believe this is the right place to be for that.
“The support I have outside of football and the opportunities off the field are important reasons for making the move and I’m thankful for the people I have around me.
“I’ve played with a number of the girls at national team level so I know I’ll have no problems fitting into the side, I’m excited to get started and I can’t wait for the season ahead.”
The former Canberra United attacker starred in the Matildas’ recent two game series win over Brazil, scoring a stunning 20-yard goal against the South Americans in a 2-1 victory in Penrith.
More recently, she put the ball in the back of the net to help South Melbourne fend off Geelong Galaxy in an epic National Premier League Women’s grand final that went down to a penalty shootout.
Juric was delighted with the club's latest acquisition.
“Lisa is a proven performer and is clearly one of Australia’s all-time greats when it comes to talent produced," he said.
"More importantly for Sydney FC is that she is driven and wants to add positively to that reputation she has forged.
“I’m really pleased to have her on board at Sydney FC. I believe her signing will add valuable experience to a team that has lots of youth. These young players will no doubt look to learn from Lisa, which in turn will help the team achieve varied goals for the 2017/18 season.
“I look forward to getting Lisa in at training and working with her again, and seeing her produce her best football yet in the W-League this year.”
Sydney FC kick off their W-League season at Allianz Stadium against Brisbane Roar on Friday 27 October (kick off 5:20pm) in an A-League Westfield W-League double header.
Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League 2017/18 Squad:
Lisa De Vanna
Lisa De Vanna