Canberra United head coach Vicki Linton has made her sixth and seventh signings, as Nicki Flannery and Bianca Galic commit to the club for the upcoming Westfield W-League season.
After spending the 2019/20 Westfield W-League season with the Newcastle Jets, Flannery will return to Canberra United where she made 36 appearances across four seasons since her debut in 2015. The dynamic winger, who was nominated for the NAB Young Player of the Year in just her second season, has scored five goals for Canberra United in her time in the nation’s capital.
Flannery said she was delighted to return to Canberra United.
“Given the year that has been, I wanted to come home,” Flannery said. “The club means soo much to me and there is no better feeling than representing your hometown. The feeling of playing for Canberra United is irreplaceable. I look forward to putting all my energy into making sure that Canberra becomes a successful club again this season.”
Flannery will be joined by her Sydney University teammate Bianca Galic, who has had an outstanding 2020 NSW NPLW season. The 21-year-old midfielder, who has scored four goals this season, said she was excited to sign with her first Westfield W-League club.
“The experience of playing with Canberra United really excites me,” Galic said. “The fact that I will get to play and train against players I haven’t before will really help me grow. I just want to keep learning, improving, and growing my career, and I am glad that I get the chance to do that alongside the familiar faces of Nicki and Grace [Maher].”
Canberra United head coach Vicki Linton said she is excited to work with both Flannery and Galic.
“I remember watching Nicki when she first came onto the Westfield W-League scene as a teenager and the impact she was able to have then,” Linton said. “It will be great to have her as part of the core of local players in the team and see how she has developed over the last few years.
“This will be Bianca’s first opportunity playing in the Westfield W-League after strong performances in the NPL for Sydney University – a team boasting Westfield W-League calibre players throughout their whole list.
“I look forward to working with Bi and seeing how she adapts to this new environment and how she works with the other players in the squad.”