Brisbane Roar is pleased to announce the addition of former Matilda and defender Jenna McCormick to the Liberty A-League squad ahead of the 2023/24 season.
McCormick made her A-League debut in the 2015/16 season with Canberra United where she spent two seasons.
The 28-year-old also declared her interest in the newly formed AFL Women’s competition in 2016, playing for Adelaide when her A-League commitments did not overlap but ultimately chose to pursue football as a career.
The defender had stints at Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City, Adelaide United last season, and even spent a season at the Roar in 2018/19.
In 2019, McCormick made her Matilda’s debut against Chile and currently has four caps for her country.
McCormick comes equipped with international experience after stints at Norwegian top football league Toppserien, Spanish club Real Betis, and the Danish Women’s League Elitedivisionen.
She looks forward to returning to the Roar, a club she has some great memories at and one where she played in one of her best seasons.
“I’m very excited to come up and play with Brisbane Roar again, I had such a great time the last time I was playing there in 2018. Really thrilled to have another opportunity to pull the orange on and personally, had one of my best seasons here so looking to replicate that,” McCormick said.
“Team success first and foremost, is definitely my mentality coming into this campaign. I’m due for some success and silverware so I’m feeling really inspired and confident to have a really good season with the group.”
Off the back of the World Cup, McCormick acknowledges the positive impact it had on Australia and hopes to see a continued support for women’s football as the season approaches.
“I think this is a fantastic opportunity that the A-League has to take advantage of the traction that the Matilda’s have created in the World Cup. We established a love of football in so many people around the country that may have not ever watched football before, it’s hopefully going to filter through to the A-League and get more people to the games,” she said.
Head Coach Garrath McPherson looks forward to bringing a ‘fan favourite’ back to the club, with McCormick’s leadership skills and winning mentality.
“I’m super excited to bring a player of Jenna’s experience back to the football club. She was a fan favourite during her time in Brisbane and has spent the time between then and now in some of Europe’s biggest leagues,” McPherson said.
“She is a team player first and foremost. This quality is something that I have always admired in her. She has a very high football IQ and together with her organisational skills and winning mentality, she returns as a leader of our backline,” he added.