Adelaide United can confirm Sarah Willacy, Laura Johns, Dylan Holmes, Kahlia Hogg, and Charlotte Grant have all re-signed with the Club ahead of the Westfield W-League 2019/20 season.
Willacy, who spent the off-season with West Adelaide in the Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) returns for her fifth season as a Red where she played all 12 matches last year.
The 24-year-old excelled in goal, producing a catalogue of impressive displays throughout the course of the campaign and also kept four clean sheets.
Johns played 11 matches last season at left-back and was one of the team’s most consistent performers.
The 25-year-old made her Reds debut during the 2012/13 season before returning in 2017, where she has now accumulated a total of 27 appearances.
Meanwhile, Holmes featured in all 12 matches in her second stint with the Reds, demonstrating her composure on the ball and adeptness in controlling the tempo of matches.
Holmes, 22, also enjoyed a successful season with Adelaide City in the WNPL, scoring eight goals in 24 matches, and played an integral role in the Black and Whites’ treble winning season.
Hogg joined the Reds at the start of last season from Western Sydney Wanderers but was restricted to only two appearances due to a persistent knee complaint.
However, the midfielder, who has more than 35 Westfield W-League appearances to her name, will be determined to hit the ground running this campaign after a strong year in the 1st – NPL NSW Women’s 2019 competition.
Grant featured in 11 matches in her maiden season with the Reds after joining from the FFSA NTC squad.
Following the conclusion of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season, Grant moved to Sydney and trained with the Future Matildas.
The 18-year-old has also amassed five caps with the Young Matildas and was included in the squad for a training camp ahead of next month’s AFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Thailand.
AUFC Women Head Coach, Ivan Karlović, was thrilled to have all five players return to the team with the squad beginning to take shape.
“We’re delighted that Sarah, Laura, Dylan, Kahlia, and Charlotte are back for the new season,” he said. “These five girls made consistent progress last season and have worked extremely hard over this long off-season to come back to professional football in the best possible shape.
“Having these five players recommit to the Reds for another season is crucial for our development as a squad and will play a big part in what we can achieve this year, but also in the seasons beyond.
“Being able to continue our work and develop on the football we implemented over the last two seasons will make preparations for this year so much easier because the foundations have already been laid.
“Like their teammates and us as coaching staff, they’re all raring to go for the new campaign and are committed to putting in the hard yards to achieve more in 2019/20.”