Football Fern Rebekah Stott will make an emotional return to former club Brighton & Hove Albion after agreeing a two-year deal.
The Papamoa-born defender left Brighton during the club’s 2020-21 FA Women’s Super League season after being diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
She moved to Australia for chemotherapy treatment and last July announced her cancer was in remission.
Stott (29) resumed her football career with the Bulleen Lions and Melbourne City, and regained her place in the Football Ferns.
Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Hope Powell said: “The circumstances around Stotty’s departure in 2021 were really difficult for everyone, no one more so than for her. She had only been with us for a short period of time, but was already a popular member of the squad before she headed back to Australia for treatment.
“We were all absolutely delighted and relieved when we found out her treatment had gone well and that she was on the mend.
“Now she’s back to full fitness and wants to have a proper go at the WSL and we are happy to have her back. Taking the emotions out of the signing, we know we’re getting a really good player with proven international experience and a knowledge of the league.
“We’re really looking forward to working with Rebekah again.”
Main photo: Stott explains her move on Brighton & Hove Albion’s television channel.