Matildas star returns to W-League

Matildas star Emily Gielnik is returning to the W-League in a welcome boost for the national football women’s competition.

The 28-year-old forward, who missed the 2019-20 W-League season due to club commitments in Europe, is coming home to rejoin Brisbane Roar.

Set to be a part of the Matildas team at next year’s Olympic Games, Gielnik last played for the Roar in 2018 before spending a season with Melbourne Victory.

She left the Victory in August last year to join German giants Bayern Munich.

Having returned home earlier this year during the COVID-19 enforced suspension of competition, Gielnik headed back to Europe after signing with Swedish club Vittsjo in July.

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Still playing for Vittsjo, Gielnik will soon be back in Queensland ahead of the start of the W-League season on December 27.

Capped 37 times for Matildas, Gielnik’s presence in the A-League is much needed, with a host of top-line Australian players – including Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord – set to be unavailable because of their current commitments in the English FA Women’s Super League.

“I think for me, playing eight seasons in Brisbane and then changing it up a bit and playing overseas and missing the W-League, I just wanted to be home and Brisbane is home for me,” Gielnik said.

“It will be a nice feeling to put the orange jersey back on and bring back some good memories.

“I’m going into this season with Brisbane to do my best to return the club to the top of the mountain.

“I’ve matured as a player and you get that from being in different situations. Obviously being at Bayern Munich I’ve been around some of the best players in the world which has been a good positive experience in terms of leadership.”

Gielnik’s Roar signing comes a week after her Matildas teammate Tameka Yallop re-committed to Brisbane for another year.

Yallop, 29, has made 118 W-League appearances over 12 seasons for Roar, and won the 2014 Julie Dolan Medal.

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