As expected, the announcement that Sam Kerr will be returning to Glory for an eighth Westfield W-League season has prompted a huge response from members, fans and prominent figures within the game and the wider Australian sport community.
Here’s a snapshot of the reaction to Thursday’s big news, starting with the superstar herself:
Perth Glory Owner and Chairman, Tony Sage.
“Sam’s return is fantastic news for everyone who loves football in this country and for Perth Glory members and fans in particular.
“We are so proud of everything that she’s achieved on and off the field and everything that she represents.
“In addition to being one of the best players in the world, Sam is now one of the highest-profile figures in Australian sport and a wonderful role model, so it’s great that the WA public will have another chance to watch her showcase her remarkable talents for her hometown club.
“It’s shaping up to be another really exciting W-League season, so make sure you grab a membership and get along to the games to cheer Sam and the rest of the Glory women on.”
FFA CEO, David Gallop
“Sam Kerr is truly one of the best female footballers in the world right now and one of the most recognisable sports people in Australia and football worldwide. Sam’s reach extends well beyond the football field, as illustrated by her being the current Young Australian of the Year.
“We truly hope that historic days like today will ensure we create an important legacy for professional female players in the future.”
Perth Glory CEO, Tony Pignata
“As well has being one of the very best players in the world, Sam is also a fantastic ambassador for women’s football and a superb role model for all young Australians.
“We are incredibly proud of her achievements and delighted that she will skipper our Westfield W-League side once again this year.
“Representing her hometown club means a huge amount to Sam and she displays that pride and passion every time she pulls on the Glory shirt.
“She is a genuine superstar of the women’s game and we would urge everyone to get along to our W-League games this season to see her in action up close and unfiltered.
“We believe that Sam’s presence serves to further strengthen the W-League’s reputation as one of the best competitions in the world and would like to acknowledge the role of Football Federation Australia in securing her return.”
FFA’s Head of Women’s Football, Emma Highwood
“Continuing to build significant interest in the women’s game is particularly critical in the next six-to-eight months as FFA continues to work hard to secure the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“In addition, it is wonderful to have players like Kerr home in Australia in the lead up to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, giving fans a chance to see their heroes in person as they prepare for one of the biggest tournaments of their footballing careers.”
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