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Oct 04, 2022   |  10:56AM AET

WELCOME KARLY: Matildas defender joins City

WELCOME KARLY: Matildas defender joins City

We’re pleased to announce that Matildas defender Karly Roestbakken will join City for the 2022/23 A-League Women’s season!

Roestbakken has most recently been playing at LSK Kvinner in Norway’s top-tier, but also has 39 A-League Women’s appearances to her name after having debuted for Canberra United as a 15-year-old.

Six years later, the versatile defender now has seven Matildas caps to her name and will seek to press her claim to be part of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad in her first season at City.

Capable of playing multiple roles, Head Coach Rado Vidosic said Roestbakken’s signing was a big coup ahead of the new season.

“Despite being just 21, Karly is a player with a wealth of experience both in our league at home and in Europe,” Vidosic said.

“Having been a former Junior Matildas captain and also a co-captain previously with Canberra, she’ll bring plenty of leadership to our squad this season.

“We see her playing a key role for us and look forward to her joining the group for pre-season training very soon.”

Roestbakken said she was excited by the opportunity at City and looking forward to linking up with her teammates in the coming weeks.

“I think everyone in this league knows Melbourne City’s reputation and they know it’s a club with a high level of professionalism and it seemed like a great environment to be a part of,” Roestbakken said.

“City had a great season last year and I heard so many positive things about the playing group and watching from the outside, they all just looked like they were having the best time which showed on the pitch as well.

“I thought Melbourne City would be the perfect place for me to get back into a full-time football environment where I’m training every day and having access to the best facilities as well as playing a gold style of football.

“I’m really excited to work with all the players and especially Rado as I’ve been chatting with him for a long time now.”