Football Fern Indiah-Paige Riley has rejoined Brisbane Roar after two seasons in Elitedvisionen, Denmark’s top women’s league.
The Auckland-born forward has played four games for the Ferns since changing her allegiance from Australia for whom she’s played age-group football and made one full appearance.
Riley (21) made her Liberty A-League debut for Brisbane Roar in November 2018 before heading to Denmark to join Fortuna Hjorring.
Her chance to rejoin Brisbane is as an injury replacement for Mariel Hecher.
“It was quite a quick decision for me personally after talking to influential people in my life.
“However, it was from unfortunate circumstances that I have been given the opportunity to play here again.
“Mariel’s injury is a huge loss to the team; she has a massive impact on and off the field so joining as her injury replacement is no easy task.”
Riley says her two years in Europe have helped her game, peaking with an appearance against Barcelona FC in the Round 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
“My move overseas, I think, was one of the best decisions I could have made in order to grow and mature as a player and a person,” she said.
“I’m constantly learning new styles of play and learning new things from my teammates every day at training really helped me develop.
“On my return to Roar, I hope I can continue building on the success they have had this season so far and do everything I can to help the team to win.”
Head coach Garrath McPherson said:
“Indi is another former pathways player from Queensland who has played at the highest levels of the women’s game.
“Indi is a wide striker of great quality; she loves to take on defenders 1v1 and has an eye for goal.
“She aspires to be involved in a World Cup in six month’s time and we are excited that she has decided to return home to Brisbane.”