McElligott realises Roar ‘dream’ with A-League Women’s deal

Brisbane Roar has brought more attacking firepower into its A-League Women’s squad by signing prolific forward Meaghan McElligott.

The versatile Western Pride captain returns to the top tier of Australian football after spending a season with Canberra United in 2018.

Having starred locally for the likes of Gold Coast United, Souths United and Logan Lightning before and after that experience, McElligott said she had long targeted a chance to pull on the orange shirt.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play for Brisbane, being the Queensland side,” McElligott said.

“Having played up here for six or seven years in the NPL, it’s a whole new level of pride to play for Brisbane Roar and definitely something I always wanted.

“When Garrath [McPherson] offered me the opportunity it was a no-brainer.

“I’m super excited and keen to play alongside girls that I know, and I think it’s a really exciting time.

“It’s cool to see the local talent get rewarded and hopefully we can use that Queensland focus to our advantage.”

Appointed captain at Ipswich-based Pride this season, McElligott has scored 18 goals across all competitions including five in the club’s run to the Kappa Women’s Super Cup final.

“This season being captain out at Pride has taught me a bunch of leadership skills I probably didn’t know I had in me. I’ve really enjoyed the position I have out there,” she said.

“I definitely think there are things now that will just come naturally to me.

“In a team environment, everyone can be a leader in their own way. I’m keen to bring my own flair but I’m sure there are other people who can lead the team in different ways.”

Head Coach McPherson said: “Meaghan has been scoring dozens of goals each year in the NPL Women’s competition.

“She has a killer instinct in front of goal that has previously been acknowledged with involvement on the national stage.

“The staff are all really excited to work with Meaghan, supporting her in taking her game to the next level this season.”