Kristy Moore to lead a youthful Adelaide side | Credit: Getty Images
New Adelaide United coach Ross Aloisi has completed his squad for the upcoming 2013/14 W-League season.
Seven players have returned from last season including newly appointed captain Kristy Moore, Rachael Quigley and U17WNT midfielder Jessica Waterhouse.
Of the new faces the most notable is former Matildas captain and goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri. Barbieri was one of the first signings by Aloisi and is set to be a key part of a young Adelaide defence. Along with experienced Aloisi has also recruited Laura Stockdale from the LA Strikers to form a strong spine and leadership group.
In his significant alternation of the squad, the former Adelaide Untied captain has looked to reward local young talent with Jessica Nagel, Emily Condon and Isobel Hodgson all getting a chance at the top level.
Aloisi has also assembled a strong coaching line up with former Perth Glory midfielder Paul Pezos and former Gold Coast United striker Joel Porter appointed as Assistant Coaches.
In a further boost, the team has secured a front of shirt sponsor with SA Power Networks coming on board.
“The Federation is delighted to be associated with SA Power Networks. The opportunity this partnership presents both parties is very exciting” said Football Federation SA Chief Executive Officer Michael Carter.
SA Power Networks Chief Executive Officer Rob Stobbe said the electricity distributor was excited to be ‘Front of Shirt’ sponsor of the team.
“We have a track record of encouraging and supporting women’s sport and we believe the Lady Reds Westfield W-League team provides a great focus for encouraging more women into the world game.
“The Lady Reds has brought together a great team, including Coach Ross Aloisi and Captain Kristy Moore, and we look forward to them kicking goals for SA.”
Adelaide United kick off their season this Sunday, 10 November when they travel to face the Western Sydney Wanderers.
2013/14 W-League Squad
Kelly BALTROP, Melissa BARBIERI, Daila-Tais BORG, Jaya BROWN, Emily CONDON, Bianca GRAY, Alex GUMMER, Isobel HODGSON, Monique IANELLA, Jenna MCCORMACK, Kristy MOORE, Jessica NAGEL, Tiarn POWELL, Racheal QUIGLEY, Tegan RIDING, Laura STOCKDALE, Jessica WATERHOUSE, Jessica WHAREPOURI
IN: Melissa Barbieri, Daila-Tais Borg, Jaya Brown, Emily Condon, Bianca Gray, Alex Gummer, Isobel Hodgson, Monique Ianella, Jessica Nagel, Tiarn Powell, Tegan Riding, Laura Stockdale
OUT: Emma Checker, Abby Erceg, Kristi Harvey, Grace Henry, Laura Johns, Georgia Macri, Lorena Maggio, Ann Mayo, Sarah McLaughlin, Alex Natoli, Holly Patterson, Marijana Rajcic, Cassie Tsoumbris, Ruth Wallace, Elise Whorlow
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