Football Ferns forward Hannah Wilkinson has agreed a new deal with A-League club Melbourne City, ensuring she returns for a third season with the club.
Wilkinson, a former Melbourne City Player of the Year, was part of the New Zealand squad at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and scored a memorable goal at Auckland’s Eden Park for the Ferns to beat Norway in the tournament opener.
Main photo: Hannah Wilkinson … ‘the World Cup was an absolute dream.’ Photo credit: FIFA.
“Playing with City is my favourite kind of football, and I get so much joy out of playing with this team.
“We play a really nice brand of football here and it’s a great team to play as a striker in with so much service from the quality players further up the pitch.
“The World Cup was an absolute dream. Women’s football is only going to get bigger and bigger off the back of it which is great for the A-Leagues. There are so many young girls who are now interested in Women’s football, which is great to see and we hope to have more support than ever this season.”
Melbourne City head coach Dario Vidosic said:
“We are pleased to have Hannah back in City colours. We all saw how she performed on the world’s biggest stage, and we can’t wait to see her form continue into the upcoming season.
“We’re building a really strong force in attack, and Hannah’s return will be important for that. She’s a footballer who has demonstrated her quality both in the league and internationally, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of that this season.”
Between the World Cup and the new Liberty A-League season, Wilkinson has been putting her artistic talents to good use, creating a spectacular mural at Auckland United’s Keith Hay Park.