Bristol City Women FC has appointed former Perth Glory W-League captain Tanya Oxtoby as the club’s new manager.
The 36-year-old makes the step up from her role as assistant coach at Women's Super League opponents, Birmingham City Women.
“It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, but I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting pre-season underway," Oxtoby told Bristol City media.
“The player pathway here at City is massively important and speaks to me as a coach and manager.
"From my perspective, it is something that really appealed to me and brought me here," she said.
Hailing from Wickham in Western Australia was the captain of the Western Waves before being named the inuagural captain of Perth Glory's W-League side in 2008.
Oxtoby would go on to win Most Glorious Women's Player award three times (2009, 2011 and 2012) and played 40 matches for Glory. She moved to England to play for the Doncaster Rovers Belles for the 2012 FA WSL season.
She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in coaching having been the head coach of English FA Women's Premier League Northern Division club Nottingham Forest and having a coaching role with Lincoln Ladies reserves team before returning to Australia in 2014.
During her time coaching at Perth Glory, she helped guide them to their only Premiership as well as their first ever grand final appearance.
Oxtoby was also the assistant coach and video analyst with the Young Matildas.
She will join up with the squad when they return for pre-season training on Monday, July 9th.