Three more WA talents added to Westfield W-League squad

Bennett, Craine and McKenna signing graphic

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm the signing of three more talented WA players in Rebecca Bennett, Gemma Craine and Tijan McKenna for the Westfield W-League 2020/21 Season.

Goalkeeper Bennett joins the squad following an outstanding NPLW WA campaign with Perth SC, while forward Craine has also continued to impress in the State competition after claiming the 2019 Premier Women’s Gold Medal Player of the Year Award during a hugely-successful spell with Fremantle City.

The youngest of the trio at 16, midfielder McKenna is already a seasoned performer for both the NTC and Junior Matildas and is the younger sister of former Glory regular, Leticia.

Glory Head Coach Alex Epakis believes that the signing of the local trio further strengthens what is already a very competitive and highly-motivated W-League squad.

“Bec [Bennett] has worked hard in the local competition over recent seasons to develop and strive for an opportunity at this level,” he said.

“She has shown herself to be a very mature goalkeeper with great shot-stopping ability and has worked very well with our goalkeeping coach in recent weeks.

“Bec is someone we can certainly rely upon to add quality to our goalkeeping ranks and I am excited to see how she takes this opportunity.

“Gemma is a player who has been involved in the local competition and community for a number of seasons and has also spent time in the US College system and playing in the UK.

“She instantly showed that she has a superb attitude and the ability to get into great goalscoring positions.

“Equally, Gemma works very hard without the ball, is driven by a fantastic winning mentality and I believe she will add a lot to the squad.

“Tijan is a very exciting young prospect who has stood out to me since I arrived for the first session here.

“She is very tenacious without the ball and has an immense work-rate.

“With the ball, she has great decision-making ability and phenomenal confidence to want the ball as often as possible.

“At 16 years of age, Tijan has a bright future and I look forward to assisting her as she develops further.”