Fern Rebekah Stott to lead Melbourne City in A-League opener against Phoenix

Football Fern Rebekah Stott has been named captain of Melbourne City’s A-League team — and will wear the skipper’s armband for the first time this Sunday when she leads City against the Wellington Phoenix.

After being announced as City’s captain, Stott told the club’s website:

“It’s an honour to be named captain of this incredible club.

How Melbourne City unveiled their new women’s team captain. Photo credit: Melbourne City.

“To be a member of the club’s first-ever women’s team, to have so much success in these colours and to now have the opportunity to lead this group is extra special.

“I have so much belief in this squad and our staff and together will do everything that we can to bring success back to the club.

“I’ve been very fortunate to play under some amazing leaders throughout my career, from Steph Catley to Ali Riley, and I’m surrounded by a strong leadership group that I believe will help us go one step further this season.”

Stott, who played for New Zealand at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, has re-joined Melbourne City for a seventh season after returning from English Women’s Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

Main photo: Rebekah Stott … back at Melbourne City after playing in England. Photo credit: Melbourne City.

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Head coach Dario Vidosic said:

“She’s an experienced player who is a role model both on and off the pitch and is someone that can be easily approached by any member of our playing squad.”

Melbourne City FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo said:

“There is no person that epitomises the values and culture of this team and club more than Rebekah.

“Her health battles have been well chronicled, and it is this fierce determination to overcome adversity, a never-say-die attitude and her ability to inspire others not just by her words but by her actions that will make her an outstanding leader of our A-League Women’s team.”

“Rebekah is the type of character and person upon which the fabric of this team has been built and she will be a great mentor for all our players in the group.”

Melbourne City travel to New Zealand for their Liberty A-League season opener, facing the Wellington Phoenix at Sky Stadium, Wellington, on Sunday October 15, with a 3pm kick-off.

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