NPL Women's Queensland Golden Boot winner Meaghan McElligott has signed with Canberra United for the upcoming W-League season.
The 23-year-old has been part of the Brisbane Roar W-League training squad for the last three seasons but hadn't been given a contract so dropped the training to focus on NPLW.
After scoring 50 goals in 26 this season, her name was on the map.
Following a trial period with Heather Garriock’s squad, the Moreton Bay and Gold Coast United striker will be playing her first season of W-League.
McElligott, who spoke to The Women's Game earlier this year about her desire to play W-League, has been training with Canberra since the beginning of pre-season.
“I’m very excited to get this opportunity in the Westfield W-League after a successful NPLW season,” McElligott said.
“I’m looking forward to working and playing in a stronger league and developing into an even better player along the way,” she said.
McElligott only moved back to the Gold Coast recently after a season in the United States with Washington Spirit reserves side. She has always been a prolific striker having played with Palm Beach, where she scored 35 goals in 14 games for their U20 side before moving to South United the following season.
Head coach Heather Garriock said she was drawn to McElligott’s impressive goalscoring record and that the Queenslander had impressed during her trial period.
“Meg was a revelation this year in the NPLW and an outstanding example of the local talent that exists at club level around the country,” she said.
“After seeing what she can do this year and now in training it’s a wonder she hasn’t been picked up already, and at just 23 Meg brings plenty of experience to the Canberra United family.”
Another triallist Rosie Galea was awarded a scholarship contract after a stellar trial period as well to cap off a strong year which included an NPLW NSW title with Macarthur Rams.