Melbourne City FC is delighted to announce the re-signing of Australian youth internationals, Daniela Galic and Naomi Chinnama.
The talented duo have both re-committed to City, signing one-year contract extensions that will keep them in City colours for the 2023/24 A-League Women’s season.
Young Matildas star, Galic, returns to City following her first professional season in the A-League Women’s competition. In her debut season with the club, the City young gun wasted no time showcasing why she’s one of Australia’s most exciting youngsters with her dazzling feet and wonderful technical ability.
The 17-year-old made 17 appearances, including 13 starts, for Head Coach Dario Vidosic’s team, netting two goals and registering three assists.
Joining Galic to re-sign for the club is Australian U23’s defender, Chinnama. She returns to the club following a season which saw her become an integral member of City’s line-up.
In her third season at City, the central defender started all but one game until a soft tissue injury saw her sidelined for an extended period.
An intelligent defender who loves a battle at the back, the 19-year-old’s return is a huge boost to Vidosic’s side.
Daniela Galic said:
“I really enjoyed my first season and it really helped having a great team and coaching staff at the club. I learnt a lot and am really looking forward to getting back on the pitch again.
“I decided to re-sign at City because I feel it provides me with the best environment to continue to develop and the professionalism at the club is unmatched. I can’t wait to get back into pre-season training with my team and hopefully build towards a successful season.”
Naomi Chinnama said:
“It’s great having the momentum of the World Cup shifting over to the A-Leagues. So many Matildas have honed their skills here which has allowed them to compete on the world stage.
“Now it’s a rising platform for people to see new and upcoming players which has definitely made me more driven to give my all for Melbourne City.
“I can’t wait to get out there this season and pick up from where we left off, with silverware as our primary focus. I’m looking forward to meeting some new teammates and welcoming some familiar faces back into the squad.”
A-League Women’s Head Coach, Dario Vidosic said:
“We’re very pleased to have both Dani and Naomi return for the upcoming season.
“In what was her first year in professional football, Dani was quick to show us all her incredible talent and her desire to learn and keep improving her game. She shows composure beyond her years, is technically elite and a really important member of our team.
“Naomi is coming off a really impressive season at City and we’re excited to see her continue to develop into a strong and reliable player for our team.”
2023/24 Melbourne City ALW Squad (to date): Naomi CHINNAMA, Leah DAVIDSON, Daniela GALIC, Julia GROSSO, Bryleeh HENRY, Laura HUGHES, Caitlin KARIC, Leticia MCKENNA, Tijan MCKENNA, Holly MCNAMARA, Rhianna POLLICINA, Lysianne PROULX, Rebekah STOTT, Kaitlyn TORPEY.