New Zealand midfielder Olivia Chance has revealed she and her partner Rob are expecting their first child next March.
In a social media post shared on the eve of her 30th birthday, Chance described the news as the “best signing of my career so far.”
Tauranga-born Chance has been a free agent since leaving Scottish club Celtic this year, and moving to live in Melbourne.
Chance battled injuries in her last season with Celtic, and recovered just in time to be part of the Football Ferns squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
She has not played competitively since the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
After playing senior club football for Waikato club Claudelands Rovers, Chance played four seasons for the South Florida Bulls in the United States.
After a season with Icelandic club Breiðablik, she joined English club Everton, before moving to Australia for a season with Brisbane Roar.
She joined Celtic in August 2021, helping the club finish runners-up in the Scottish Women’s Premier League last season.