Melbourne City FC is delighted to announce the signing of experienced Australian defender Emma Checker who joins the Club on a one-year contract ahead of the 2019/20 Westfield W-League season.

The central defender brings a wealth of experience to the squad, having represented the Westfield Matildas on three occasions, as well as playing professionally in both Australia and South Korea.

Checker has made 78 appearances in the W-League, where she has established herself as one of the competition’s most dependable defenders.
Melbourne City FC Head of Football, Michael Petrillo said: “Emma is one of Australia’s best and most reliable defenders which gives us a fantastic boost ahead of the 2019/20 season.”

“She’s an established W-League footballer that has gained valuable experience with the Matildas and abroad.

“Her natural leadership qualities, hardworking attitude and composure at the back will strengthen our defensive third as the Club continues striving towards achieving more success in the Women’s game,” he said.

Following her signing, Emma Checker said: “It’s a pretty overwhelming feeling, I’m really excited, it’s obviously a new start, a new place and I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”

“It’s incredible, I remember the first day that I walked in. I felt at home, and I felt like it was a place where I could really put myself to the test and I think it’s really impressive how world-class the facilities are.

“I want to be challenged and I feel like the environment here is the best place for me to challenge myself and to get myself back to hopefully being in the national team setup again,” she added.

“I’ll fight, I feel like I’m a pretty fierce player and I’ll give it everything, that’s the one big thing I want to bring to the Club – a lot of hard work and commitment.”

The former Adelaide United captain made her W-League debut as a 15-year-old playing for the Reds in the 2011/12 season. She then moved to Melbourne, where she spent two seasons at Melbourne Victory (22 appearances), before joining Canberra United (15 appearances) for a further two seasons.

In 2017, Checker joined Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels in South Korea, where a serious injury interrupted her spell. The Australian re-joined Adelaide later in the year, where she was named captain of the club and reasserted herself as one of the country’s strongest and most reliable defenders over the past two seasons. The former Reds captain sits fourth on Adelaide’s all-time appearance list with 41 games.

The 23-year-old brings experience beyond her years and will provide tremendous leadership as the Club continues its push towards achieving more success.

This article originally appeared at: https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/melbourne-city-fc-1

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