Brisbane Roar is delighted to confirm the signing of Young Matildas midfielder Hollie Palmer as the Club continues to assemble a strong Queensland core to its W-League side.
Born in Brisbane, the former Young Footballer of the Year nominee made her top-flight debut with the Roar as a 16-year-old in October 2017.
She made 27 appearances in total across a three-season period before moving south to Melbourne City, but has now returned to the Sunshine State to join Garrath McPherson’s expanding group of homegrown talents.
“I’m super excited,” Palmer said. “Obviously I grew up playing most of my football in Queensland and to have the support of my family around me is a bonus.
“I can’t wait to put on the orange jersey again.
“I’ve played under Garrath before so I’m familiar with his coaching style. We sat down and talked about goals I want to achieve in the next few months. He’s been supportive of that.”
Though still just 20, Palmer feels ready to step into a senior role in an exciting Roar side.
“I’ve played in the W-League for a few years now and I know what it’s all about. I think I can be a bit of a leader in that sense,” she said.
“I know a lot of the girls will have played together or against each other before. I think it will be a really smooth transition. I just can’t wait to get started.”
McPherson described Palmer as a “learner” who is “always seeking ways to improve.”
“It is so great to be able to bring a midfielder of Hollie’s quality back home to Queensland,” the Roar Head Coach said.
“She has an exceptional technique that shines through in her range and variety of ball striking.
“She is also an incredibly positive person. It inspires those around her to be the same, an important quality for leaders in any team. Hollie is focused on becoming the best footballer she can be.”