Midfielder Hollie Palmer celebrates 50 games for Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar midfielder Hollie Palmer will be celebrating 50 games with the club after the Roar’s draw against Wellington Phoenix last week.  

Hollie Palmer made her top-flight debut with the Roar as a 16-year-old in October 2017 after coming onto the field as a substitute in the 3-1 victory over Sydney FC.  

In April 2019, Palmer was named in the Young Matilda’s 23-player squad for the 2019 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship where she played four games in the tournament.  

Born in Brisbane, the former Young Footballer of the Year nominee made 27 appearances across a three-season period before moving to Melbourne City for a season.  

She returned to Brisbane Roar in the 2021/2022 Liberty A-League season at a time where Roar Head Coach Garrath McPherson was focused on cementing a strong Queensland core within his squad.  

“I feel like it’s gone pretty quick to be honest, it feels like just yesterday that I did make my debut which is kind of crazy because it has been a couple of years,” Palmer said. 

Palmer continues to push herself and work towards the best footballer she can be and feels as though this mindset is the reason that she was given the opportunity to play in the Liberty A-League.   

 “I think I was just playing some pretty decent football at the time. I got a couple of goals, and a couple of assists so just sort of came through a lot of hard work and playing well,” she said.  

Palmer is involved in the Future Matilda’s Program and is currently focused on playing well for the Brisbane Roar but says if the opportunity were to present itself, she would love to play overseas.  

“I do want to play overseas eventually, when the time is right and if everything lines up properly, that’d be cool. For now, I guess, just focusing on Roar and then seeing what happens,” Palmer said. 

The 22-year-old has been enjoying her time at the club and says that her family are a constant support in her football career and having them by her side in Brisbane has been a plus.  

 “I still live at home with my family, which is nice because I’m super close with them – they just want me to be happy and continue to enjoy playing football above all.”