We have locked in another exciting young Australian talent for Westfield W-League Season 2018/19, with 17-year-old keeper Annie Grove signing on the dotted line.
Grove, who has represented the Young Matildas, heads north to Brisbane for Season 11 after progressing through the Emerging Jets system in Newcastle.
The exciting keeper caught the eye of Head Coach Mel Andreatta at the 2016 National Championships, where she represented Northern NSW and was named as Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
“Over the years our football club has been blessed with some outstanding shot-stoppers. I’m delighted to have Annie join our family for season 11,” Andreatta said.
Andreatta was also impressed by Grove’s determination to earn herself a first professional Westfield W-League contact this season.
“She’s a talented youngster who has been part of the U20 national team setup. I believe Annie has a bright future and we’re extremely pleased she has decided to call Queensland home in 2018/19,” Andreatta continued.
Fellow shot stopper Georgina Worth, who partnered Westfield W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Mackenzie Arnold last season, has unfortunately been ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
Worth will remain a crucial part of the Roar Women set-up in Season 11 however, completing rehabilitation with the group and assisting the football department specifically with video analysis.
Grove is the latest of a number of new recruits headed to Brisbane this season, including Japanese World Cup winner Yuki Nagasato, Orlando Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu & dual-sport star Jenna McCormick.
Brisbane begin its Westfield W-League campaign on home deck at Suncorp Stadium against Perth Glory on Sunday, 28 October (1:30pm KO). Get your tickets HERE.