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Dec 09, 2020   |  9:01PM AET

Melbourne City FC signs Matildas defender Jenna McCormick

Melbourne City FC signs Matildas defender Jenna McCormick

Melbourne City FC can today announce the signing of Matildas defender Jenna McCormick ahead of the 2020/21 Westfield W-League season. 

McCormick joins the club after a stint in the Spanish Primera División with Real Betis and returns to the W-League ahead of a massive season for Club and country. 

The Matildas defender has been capped four times by her country – debuting against Chile in the 2019 international friendlies with the South Americans in Australia – and is an icon of women’s sport in the country, making the switch from Australian Rules Football to Association Football after taking out two AFLW Premierships with the Adelaide Crows. 

The 25-year-old Westfield W-League stalwart has made 86 appearances and scored four goals in the league during spells with Adelaide United, Canberra United, Brisbane Roar and most recently Melbourne Victory. 

McCormick will add further quality to City’s defence, joining the likes of Teigen Allen and Samantha Johnson in front of goalkeeper Teagan Micah. 

Melbourne City FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo said: 

“Jenna is a fantastic addition to the team, she is a terrific athlete, good on the ball and has a terrific attitude which suits the style of football and what we want to achieve this season. 

“She’s been clear that she’s coming to City to win trophies and chase a record breaking fifth championship, in six seasons. Her return to Australia speaks volumes about the strength of our W-League.” 

Jenna McCormick said: 

“It wasn’t a tough decision to join City, the Club is undoubtably leading the way in professional women’s football in Australia and I believe that environment breed success which is something I want to achieve here. 

“My goal for this season is really simple, I want to help build a healthy, supportive, and fun environment for the team to achieve its goals. I will be bringing my professionalism, elite standards, and work ethic to the Club and I really pride myself on respecting my teammates and working for the greater good of the team. 

“There’s going to be a lot of fresh faces – including me – so I think it’s really important that we establish the standards for the season early, which will then drive our campaign to defend what this incredible team has done over the years.” 

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