Canberra United have selected three local Academy players and Australian youth representatives Clare Hunt, Laura Hughes and Karly Roestbakken for Season 9.

All three players are products of the Capital Football Academy overseen by head coach Rae Dower and are the latest to be touted to make the transition to the W-League.

โ€œWelcome to 'generation next' for Canberra United,โ€ said head coach Rae Dower.

โ€œI've been really privileged to help guide these youngsters in their football journeys over the past three years and I can't wait for them to show off their precocious talents this season. All three have already represented their country at international level."

"There are another half dozen or so players that will take the step up alongside these players in the coming years and it's hugely exciting to see that the future of women's football and Canberra United is in really safe hands.โ€

Roestbakken and Hughes have earned selection with the Junior Matildas (U17) while Hunt was a part of the Young Matildas (U20) recent AFF Women's Championship campaign.

โ€œI'm very excited to be signing with Canberra United this season,โ€ said Hughes. โ€œIt's been a long term goal of mine to one day play for Canberra United as I attended matches in Canberra when I was young. It's an honour to play and train with such talented and experienced players where I can learn from. This is truly a dream come true for me.โ€

โ€œIt is amazing to see this dream turn into a reality,โ€ Roestbakken revealed. ย โ€œThis is such a great learning curve in which I can gain lots of experience from quality footballers and coaches. Not only do I get to play with such talent, but I also get to learn and develop as a player. I am truly grateful and excited for this opportunity and I can't wait for the W-League season to start.โ€

โ€œI'm extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity to play with and against some of the best female footballers in the nation,โ€ Hunt echoed. โ€œI can't wait to kick start the season with Canberra United.โ€

The Capital Football Academy pathway has proved fruitful for Canberra United in recent seasons with the likes of championship winners Julia De Angelis and Grace Maher successfully contributing in the W-League.


Name: Laura Hughes

Position: Midfielder

Date of Birth: 6 June 2001

Place of Birth: Canberra, ACT

Clubs: Tuggeranong United, Brindabella Blues, Woden Valley

Representative Honours: Capital Football, Canberra United Academy, ACT, Australia U17

Name: Clare Hunt

Position: Defender

Date of Birth: 12 March 1999

Place of Birth: Cowra, NSW

Clubs: Grenfell Junior Soccer Club, Western Mariners Football Club, Canberra FC

Representative Honours: ACTAS, Canberra United Academy, ACT, NSW Country, Australia U17, Australia U20

Name: Karly Roestbakken

Position: Midfielder

Date of Birth: 17 January 2001

Place of Birth: Queanbeyan, NSW

Clubs: Monaro Panthers

Representative Honours: Capital Football, Canberra United Academy, ACT, Australia U17