Brisbane Roar has bolstered its Westfield W-League playing stocks with the addition of five homegrown young guns ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Teenagers Leah Davidson, Indiah-Paige Riley, Hollie Palmer, Kaitlyn Torpey as well as goalkeeper Georgina Worth will all return to the Club for the upcoming Westfield W-League campaign.
Riley & Davidson made their respective top-flight debuts last season while fellow teenagers Palmer and Torpey are back for their third and fourth campaigns respectively.
Worth, who took up an off-field role last season after injury curtailed her campaign, also returns. The 22-year-old goalkeeper says she is delighted to be part of the playing group again.
“I’m super excited to be back for another season. Obviously last season was disappointing, but it was good to still be involved and I’m really excited to be back training, travelling and all that fun stuff,” Worth said.
“It’s great that young players who have grown up here in Brisbane are getting the opportunity to play for their home Club, and we’ve got a great group of senior players to help the younger group too.
“It’s quite exciting to have a new coach [Head Coach Jake Goodship] who I have heard great things about. It’s a new challenge and I’m sure all the girls will put their best foot forward.
Riley, who marked her 17th birthday with her maiden Westfield W-League goal in December 2018 and took out the squad’s Breakthrough Player of the Year award last season, says it’s shaping to be an exciting campaign for our Roar Women.
“It’s really exciting to get back with the girls, build on what we did last year and hopefully go a step further,” Riley said.
“Even though I’m still young, being in the environment of professionalism at the Club and playing with players from the Matildas is really exciting.
“We have that balance – youth and experience and we all work hard together for the same thing.”
The quintet of signings makes it eight players locked in by new Head Coach Jake Goodship, following Tuesday’s announcement of the return of Westfield Matildas trio Mackenzie Arnold, Katrina Gorry and Tameka Yallop.