Season 9 W-League Grand Finalists Perth Glory have signed former Matildas midfielder Nicola Bolger for the upcoming W-League season.
Lost in the news of the Matildas Tournament of Nations, Bolger joins the Glory from her long time club Sydney FC moving interstate for the first time in her career.
“I am a big believer that opportunities will come and go and sometimes it’s worth taking a risk and venturing down a different path,” said Bolger on her move to Perth.
“But it was always a goal of mine to venture interstate in the W-League whenever the timing allowed it and I’m fortunate to be in a situation off the field that allows me to pursue this opportunity.”
General Manager Callum Salmon said coach Bobby Despotovski identified Bolger as one of the players that could assist the Glory in going one step further than in Season 9 and Season 7.
“We’ve strengthened in areas where Bobby identified a need for improvement,” he said, “and we believe we’ve supported his vision for Perth Glory in the upcoming season.”
“Nicola is a creative midfielder who has been in and around the Matildas squad recently.”
As well as Bolger, Glory have lured back home foundation player Marianna Tabain who returns after two seasons with two time defending champions Melbourne City.
“She’s played in the last three Westfield W-League Grand Finals and been on the winning side in two of those. She’s an excellent player who can operate in a variety of different positions across midfield and up front.”
Alongside Bolger and Tabain, Glory have confirmed the returns of defender Sarah Carroll, forward Caitlin Doeglas and the versatile Jaymee Gibbons.
Star striker and captain Sam Kerr has also been confirmed as returning to her hometown club as Perth looks to capture the elusive W-League championship.
Salmon also noted a number of NWSL internationals will return to the squad with some new international players also among the mixed including “an international who has scored for her country at a World Cup”.
The 10th season of the W-League is set to start later this year.