City re-sign defender Naomi Chinnama for two years

Melbourne City FC is happy to announce the re-signing of 17-year-old defender Naomi Chinnama for the next two seasons.

Starting as a train-on player last pre-season, Chinnama impressed the coaching staff to earn a contract on the eve of the season.

Despite being just 16 at the time, she continued to develop and impress, so much so that she was handed her W-League debut in February’s Grand Final re-match against Sydney FC.

After impressing Head Coach Rado Vidosic in her 20-minute cameo off the bench, Chinnama would then start every fixture for the remainder of the season.

Having now gained valuable W-League experience at such a young age, expect Chinnama to continue to develop and improve over the next two years at City.

Head Coach Rado Vidosic said:

“Naomi really impressed us in her first W-League season so it’s great to have her back for the next two years.

“Despite her age, she looked comfortable at the level and gained some invaluable experience.

“She still has so much room to grow and improve, so we are really excited to keep working with her and to watch her continue to develop.”

Naomi Chinnama said:

“I went into the season with no expectations and hoped that by working harder each day I might eventually get a bit of game time. I’m still in a bit of shock as to how everything turned out.

“I appreciate Rado and the Club for believing in me and giving me the opportunity.

Confirmed 2021/22 W-League squad (so far): Chelsea BLISSETT, Emma CHECKER, Naomi CHINNAMA, Leah DAVIDSON, Rhianna POLLICINA, Rebekah STOTT, Kaitlyn TORPEY, Tori TUMETH, Hannah WILKINSON.