Brisbane Roar has handed a first Liberty A-League deal to another homegrown talent with teenager Ellen Gett signing on for the new season.
QAS captain Gett, who was invited to Young Matildas training camps earlier this year, joins the likes of Mia Bailey and Lanni McDougall in stepping up into Garrath McPherson’s squad.
The versatile defender or midfielder led the QAS throughout their 2021 NPL Women’s campaign, scoring seven goals and continuing to impress with her ability as a player and as a young leader.
“It’s really exciting,” Gett said of signing her first professional deal.
“It came as a bit of a shock because I thought Garrath was ringing to tell me I’d left my boots behind, but he was actually ringing to tell me about a contract!
“It’s been a goal of mine this year, something I’ve been looking at, and now that it’s happened I know that I have to keep pushing and focusing on getting the most out of every training session.”
Having featured for the team during pre-season, Gett’s competitive debut could now come as soon as this Saturday’s season-opening clash with Perth Glory in Western Australia.
“I’m nervous, but it’s just another game that I’ve got to play hard in and make sure that every minute counts,” she said.
“I hope that I can help the team in any way that I can.
“The leadership group has been giving me good advice and supporting me, and that makes me more confident to step out onto the field.”
Head Coach Garrath McPherson welcomed the addition of another promising young local, having first coached Gett when she entered the QAS program at Under-15 level.
“Ellen is another high-quality product out of that QAS system and we are excited to see her progress,” McPherson said.
“She is an explosive athlete. There is still lots of work for her to do, but she has aspirations to go on and represent the country further down the track.
“Ellen is definitely ready to start being exposed to the A-Leagues environment and that is only going to help her progress further.”