Laura Hughes puts pen to paper with Canberra United

Canberra United is thrilled to announce the signing of Laura Hughes for the upcoming W-League season.

The fan favourite has committed to her fifth season in green, and is the third player to be announced for Canberra United.

In 2016, 15-year-old Hughes began her W-League career with Canberra, going on to be named the club’s University of Canberra Rising Star the following season.

After playing with Thróttur Reykjavík FC in Iceland during the W-League off season in 2020, Hughes returned to Canberra United with fire in her belly and more experience under her belt.

The midfielder made a huge opening statement in the first match of the 2020/21 season, scoring the match winner in extra time, much to the jubilation of her teammates and fans. From there, she continued her solid form, playing an influential role in every match.

Hughes then became a step closer to realising her dream of representing Australia, selected for a Matildas Talent Identification Camp in May.

“I’m so excited to be returning to Canberra United this season,” Hughes said.

“I love playing for my hometown and more importantly for a club that has nurtured and supported my football career from the start. I cannot wait to get preseason started and kick off the season with a bang!”

Head Coach Vicki Linton said she is “glad to re-sign Laura for another season for Canberra.”

“I look forward to seeing how she builds on that this season and will enjoy having the positive energy and exuberance that she brings to the group.”