Roar sign experienced defender Jessie Rasschaert

Brisbane Roar’s growing A-League Women’s squad has received another boost with the Club today confirming the signing of experienced defender Jessie Rasschaert.

Rasschaert has signed on for the upcoming campaign after spending the past two seasons with her hometown team Canberra United.

The centre-back relocated to Queensland earlier this year and quickly established herself as one of the state’s premier players through consistent performances for Gold Coast United, culminating in a call from Roar Head Coach Garrath McPherson.

“I was pleasantly surprised when Garrath got in touch,” Rasschaert said.

“Moving from Canberra to the Gold Coast and settling into a new side, a new NPL competition, was a bit daunting but I think I’ve found my feet.

“This opportunity now is a fantastic chance for me to grow as a player and be part of a team that has established itself in past seasons as being really strong and competitive.

“I always strive to do my best and improve, and I’m excited to be part of the team.”

Rasschaert in action for Gold Coast United (image: Kyoko Kurihara)

Rasschaert, a former NPL Women’s Player of the Year in the ACT, joins Gold Coast team-mate Ayesha Norrie on the Roar roster for the 2021/22 season.

McPherson said: “I am excited to have a player of Jessie’s experience join our backline for the upcoming season.

“She is a tall, mobile defender who has who has been one of the standout performers in the NPL Women’s competition since moving here from Canberra.

“Her positivity and winning attitude will have a great impact on our environment and we are all looking forward to seeing her get started with her team-mates in just under three weeks’ time.”

McPherson’s side will come together for the first time on Monday, 25 October as they build towards the Round 1 clash with Perth Glory on 4 December.