32-year-old Jessie Rasschaert is set to make history by signing for Canberra United for her debut W-League campaign, two years after having a baby.
Rasschaert follows in the footsteps of groundbreaking Belconnen players to join Canberra, but in her early 30s as the mother of a two-year-old, she's forging a path all of her own.
She comes with incredible state-league pedigree, having joined from dominant ACT club Belconnen United, as a key member of a defensive line that conceded just four goals for the entirety of last season.
It's a debut well deserved for Rasschaert, who is the reigning Capital Football NPLW Player of the Year.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Westfield W-League, but just never thought it would happen, especially after having a baby less than two years ago,” Rasschaert said.
“I’m really excited for this season, to be given the opportunity to play at a professional level still feels a bit surreal,” Rasschaert said.
“The girls are amazing and have been really welcoming and there is a lot of talent in the team so I’m excited to see what we can do together this year.”
Heather Garriock was understandably excited to have such a tremendous role model in her squad.
“Juggling being a mother, a full-time physio and a professional footballer, Jessie is an exceptional role model,” Garriock said.
“Her athleticism and tenacity in attack and defence will add so much value to our squad.
“I’m delighted the fans will get to see another local star in green this season.”