Gorry returns to Matildas squad for New Zealand matches

Katrina Gorry’s superb season for Brisbane Roar has been rewarded with a call-up to the Commonwealth Bank Matildas squad for upcoming matches in Townsville and Canberra.

The 78-cap midfielder returns to the national team after an excellent Liberty A-League campaign, having scored four goals for the Roar and appeared in every game.

It comes less than nine months after she gave birth to Harper, her first child.

“It feels amazing,” Gorry said.

“I haven’t been with the girls for probably close to two years now. Definitely been missing being in that environment and I just can’t wait to get into camp, see all the girls and be back in training.”

Gorry was appointed vice-captain after re-signing with the Roar in October and regularly described the past season as one of the happiest she has enjoyed in her career.

“It’s pure enjoyment now and I think that shows in my game,” she said.

“I think this is probably the healthiest, happiest, best I’ve been playing in a very long time. I think you can see it in my face, you can see it in the way I’m playing. It’s a new Mini and I’m excited to show the world and just be back in the Matildas environment.

“Harper brings a new element of joy to it all. Her being around the Brisbane Roar team for us has been absolutely amazing.

“Hopefully she can have the same influence on the Matildas team as well!”

Gorry joins seven former Brisbane Roar players in the 23-strong squad for the two games against New Zealand.

QCB Stadium in Townsville hosts the first on Friday, 8 April before the teams meet again at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Tuesday, 12 April.