Captain confirmed: Norrie to rejoin Brisbane Roar following NPL Women’s season

Brisbane Roar is delighted to announce the re-signing of its Liberty A-League captain Ayesha Norrie for the 2022/23 season.

Norrie will officially rejoin the Roar following the completion of the NPL Queensland Women’s season with her current club Lions FC.

A Brisbane local, Norrie captained the team for the first time last season after returning to the club where she made her top-flight debut as a 16-year-old.

She made 13 appearances and chipped in with two goals as her outstanding efforts at the base of midfield culminated in her winning the Player of the Year award.

“I’m excited to be back on board and to get started again with the Roar later this year,” Norrie said.

“Brisbane is home for me so it’s always an honour to put on the jersey and represent the city and the state. My first year being captain, it was a learning experience for sure. It helped me grow as a person on and off the field and given me more confidence.

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“I hope to continue that next season with the team. We had to start from scratch a bit last year, so it’s good to know we’re bringing a few core players back. We can build on that.

“We’ll definitely grow again with a bit more experience, a bit more familiarity.”

Norrie linked up with Lions FC in the NPL Women’s competition in April but is currently taking a break from competitive action to rehab a back injury.

Head Coach Garrath McPherson described the captain’s return as a “priority” for the Roar.

“Eash is a strong, empathetic leader who sets the standard for both work ethic and care for others,” McPherson said.

“She had a breakout season for Brisbane both as a player and a captain.

“I am sure the fans are excited to hear that she is returning to lead the club for another campaign.”