Sydney FC have finalised their W-League squad with the double signing of goalkeeper Trudy Burke and 17-year old star for the future Shadeene Evans on a scholarship contract.
Burke joins the Sky Blues after stints at Melbourne City, Canberra United and Western Sydney Wanderers during the last five years of the W-League.
Striker Evans is considered a hot prospect and won financial support from John Moriarty Football to travel from her Northern Territory home town to be part of an elite football program at Westfield Sports High, on the recommendation of Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic.
Coach Ante Juric believe his squad is now ready to mount a serious title tilt.
“I’m delighted to have added the final touches to our squad and now look forward to putting in a big challenge towards the W-League title,” he said.
“We have had a good start and and want to continue that now we have everyone back from their international duties, starting with the double header against Victory at Jubilee Stadium next week.
“Trudy and Shay are fantastic additions, they have really strengthened us and have fitted in well.”
Burke, who has been training and playing with Sydney FC for the last few weeks, said she was looking forward to getting the season back.
“We’ve got a fantastic group of players and I’m really looking forward to us playing games again, said the 27 year old.
“After the Matildas matches and our bye weekend, we are all back in camp and ready to ensure we complete the season as strongly as possible.”
Evans, who will follow the likes of Kyah Simon and Jada Whyman as the latest representative of the indigenous community in the W-League, says she is excited to be joining the Sky Blues.
“I am thrilled to be coming to Sydney FC and to be playing alongside some of Australia’s best footballers,” she said.
“It will be a fantastic learning experience for me and I am sure I will come out of it a hugely improved player.
“It’s an honour to be given the chance to compete alongside this squad and to have the chance to play in the W-League.”