Australian U17 Captain Ruby Cuthbert joins Brisbane Roar  

Brisbane Roar is delighted to welcome central defender Ruby Cuthbert to Brisbane Roar’s Liberty A-League squad ahead of the 2023/24 season.  

Born and raised in Fremantle, WA, Cuthbert started her football journey at Fremantle City in the Boys Academy before joining Murdoch University Melville FC’s Women’s team, then spent time at the National Training Centre (NTC) in Western Australia until now.  

Cuthbert is part of the junior Matilda’s and in November 2022, captained the Australian U17 Women’s team in a match against South Korea.  

The 16-year-old is an ambitious youngster that looks forward to the experience of playing in the Liberty A-League and at Queensland’s only A-League club.  

“It’s going to be amazing; it’s going to be such a good experience for me being young, such a good opportunity to explore Australia,” Cuthbert said.  

“I’m looking forward to playing with some amazing teammates and good staff and great facilities,” she added.  

“I can’t wait to meet new players and push myself to be the best I can be, I think it’s going to be a really exciting year to be part of a big club with big history and the community that they’ve created is awesome.”  

Head Coach Garrath McPherson spoke about Cuthbert’s style of play and the qualities that brought her to the Roar.  

“For a young centre back, the communication and organisation of the players around her is something that I believe sets her apart from her peers. She has an excellent range of passing on both feet and this allows her to be deployed in a range of systems,” McPherson said.  

Captaining the U17 Australian Women’s team, revealed traits of hers that McPherson believes will be beneficial to the squad this season. 

“To be chosen as a leader is afforded to those unique individuals who are selfless and empathetic. To have these character traits and be confident in using them shows maturity beyond her years. These will be wonderful qualities for our locker room,” he said.  

McPherson looks forward to being part of the start of her football career to help develop her as a professional in the coming years.  

“Ruby is a player who we see having a bright future in the game. She has committed to our club for the next chapter in her journey and our role is to support her to grow into a senior footballer over the next three years.”