Cairns product Davern signs first Brisbane Roar contract

Brisbane Roar is pleased to announce that Far North Queensland talent Aleeah Davern has signed her first contract with the club.

Davern, 17, has signed on with the Liberty A-League squad just 12 months after moving from Cairns to Brisbane to join the QAS.

The midfielder is another example of the Roar’s commitment to offering professional opportunities to Queensland talent.

“I’m very excited and very appreciative of this offer,” said Davern, who earned selection in a Young Matildas elite game in 2021.

“When I told my mum the news she didn’t believe me at first, but she was very excited for me as well.

“I’m looking forward to getting my experience up. It’s been really good training with the team this season. Each session is very challenging – it’s a step up in level from the QAS – but it’s been good.”

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Davern follows Mia Bailey, Heidi Dennis and Ellen Gett in going straight from the QAS to the Roar and could become the seventh Brisbane player to make their Liberty A-League debut this season.

“It’s exciting,” Head Coach Garrath McPherson said. “It’s great to give another young Queenslander a chance to experience the league and continue to grow as a footballer.

“She’s had a really good year with the NTC. She’s mobile, she’s aggressive. She has a lot to learn, but over the last three or four months, training with Katrina Gorry, Hollie Palmer, Mariel Hecher, players like that, she’s really come out of her skin.

“It’s exciting to be able to give her a chance.”