Football Ferns defender Rebekah Stott has re-joined women’s A-League club Melbourne City after moving from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Stott (30) leaves the United Kingdom, where she played in the FA Women’s Super League, to return to Melbourne City where she holds the club’s all-time record for A-League appearances with 75 games.
“Melbourne City is a special place, it’s home to me and I’m so happy to be back.
“I have so many incredible memories here, both on and off the pitch, and I’m determined to do everything I can to help the team be successful.
“Having just experienced such an incredible World Cup, I can’t wait for the new season to start. We have seen amazing support in the stands, and I believe it’s a turning point for the game and for the fans.”
Main photo: Rebekah Stott is welcomed back to international football by New Zealand and Melbourne City teammate Hannah Wilkison.
Stott left Melbourne for Brighton in 2020 but returned to Australia for medical treatment after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
After announcing she was in remission, Stott regained her fitness playing for Victoria side FC Bulleen Lions and Melbourne City before returning to Brighton.
Melbourne City Director of Football Michael Petrillo said:
“Rebekah is an incredible player and a fantastic human being. She’s had her share of challenges in her career, and it says a lot about her resilience that she has continued to perform at the highest levels as a professional.
“She is a club legend at City and will bring leadership, passion and professionalism to the dressing room. She also leads by example on the pitch and is an inspirational mentor for the younger players.”