Football Ferns striker Milly Clegg is set to make her Women’s A-League debut for Western Sydney Wanderers against Newcastle Jets on Sunday evening.
As an overseas player, Clegg was ineligible to play for Wanderers until she turned 18 — which she did on Wednesday, celebrating her birthday.
Her coach, Robbie Hooker, says the former Wellington Phoenix and Auckland United player will go straight into the Wanderers side for the match that kicks off at 7.45pm (NZT).
“Milly will start on Sunday,” he told the club’s social media channels.
“We’ve missed someone of her quality up front to put away the chances we’ve had and, hopefully, Milly can do the job for us.”
Wanderers go into their third-round game against Newcastle as the bottom side on the table, having lost both their opening games and not having scored a goal this season.
Main photo: Milly Clegg (left) … rapid rise to the top after starring for New Zealand age group sides.
Clegg opted to move to Sydney, turning down the offer of a multi-year contract with the Wellington Phoenix, where she was the club’s leading goalscorer last A-League season, with four goals.
She had been on a scholarship contract after impressing with Auckland United and the national U-20 side.
Her performances for the Phoenix earned Clegg selection to the Football Ferns squad for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.