Former Matildas goalkeeper and captain Melissa Hudson has been signed withMelbourne City as an injury replacement for shot-stopper Emily Shields.
The 37 year old joins City following confirmation of a broken wrist in warm ups last week to reserve goalkeeper Shields.
“I’m excited to be involved and I believe I have plenty to offer the Club and this team,” said Hudson.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to come in and work in a great environment and contribute to a team that has set a fantastic benchmark for the W-League competition.”
Hudson (nee Barbieri) is one of Australia’s most decorated footballers representing the Matildas on 86 occasions including at four World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011 2015) and four Asian Cups, including captaining the team to the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup title
“We had to consider cover following Emily’s injury and in Melissa we have a player who will add a significant amount of experience and strong leadership qualities to the group,” said Patrick Kisnorbo.
“Throughout her distinguished international and domestic career, Melissa has been a passionate and driven professional and we are confident she will be an important addition in Emily’s absence.”
Melbourne City number one Lydia Williams is currently unavailable and believed to be in the United States.
The two time W-League Goalkeeper of the Year will be available for Friday’s Melbourne Derby clash with her former club Melbourne Victory.