After four seasons in City blue, three of which were served as Captain, Emma Checker has departed the Club as an A-League Women’s Premier and Champion, following the conclusion of her contract.
Since joining City in 2019, Checker fit seamlessly into the squad and played a key role in the record-breaking Invincibles season of 2019/20, playing all but 11 minutes throughout the entire campaign.
In December 2020, Checker was named captain, leading the team to back-to-back finals campaigns in the past two seasons.
Checker brought up her 100th A-League Women’s appearance in a 1-0 win over Newcastle in March 2021, and departs the Club with 54 City appearances to her name, fourth on the Melbourne City Women’s all-time appearance list.
Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, said:
“Emma has been a valuable member of our club since making her debut in 2019. She played an important role in the heart of our defence in her first season at the club, as we claimed a record-breaking Premiership and Championship double.
“Emma’s leadership skills saw her named club captain, where she would go on to lead the team from the front, both on and off the field, over the past three seasons.
“We would like to thank her for her time at City and we wish her every success in the next chapter of her career.”
Emma Checker said:
“It’s hard to put into words what being at this club has meant to me. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have been given and for everyone who has been part of the journey.
“From my first season going undefeated and winning the double, to the following having to pick ourselves up from missing out on Finals, the highs and lows of the last four years have challenged and fulfilled me.
“Leading the group for the last 3 seasons has been one of the greatest honours of my career. The role of captain motivated me to grow as a person and player in order to be the best teammate I could.
“Finally, I want to thank everyone who has been part of my time at City. I am leaving with lifelong memories and relationships that I will forever hold close to me.”
Everyone at Melbourne City would like to thank Emma for her immense contributions to the Club and community over the last four years and we wish her all the best with the next phase of her career.