Brisbane Roar has locked in another homegrown Matildas star with lethal attacker Emily Gielnik signing on the dotted line for the Westfield W-League 2020/21 season.
One of the Club’s longest-serving and most potent strikers will return to Brisbane orange for the upcoming campaign.
The 28-year-old has developed in to one of Australia’s finest attacking players and returns to Brisbane following a stint overseas, most notably at German giants Bayern Munich.
After spending the Australian winter in Sweden with Vittsjö GIK, the 31-time Matilda is looking forward to the home comforts of the Sunshine State.
“I think for me, playing eight seasons in Brisbane and then changing it up a bit and playing overseas and missing the [Westfield] W-League, I just wanted to be home and Brisbane is home for me,” Gielnik said.
“It will be a nice feeling to put the orange jersey back on and bring back some good memories.
“I’ve never gone to a club not wanting to win everything – that’s my intention. I’m going into this season with Brisbane to do my best to return the club to the top of the mountain.
“I’ve matured as a player and you get that from being in different situations – obviously being at Bayern Munich I’ve been around some of the best players in the world which has been a good positive experience in terms of leadership.
“My role [at Brisbane Roar] will be a little different [to what it was previously] and I’m looking forward to showing more leadership and helping this squad hopefully win trophies.”
Head Coach Jake Goodship says a player of Gielnik’s calibre is a terrific addition to his squad.
“Emily is not only one of Australia’s finest players, but a terrific leader and she will be a fantastic role model for our younger players – both on and off the field.
“She’s one of Brisbane Roar’s longest-serving players and we’re delighted to have her back in the orange jersey this season.”