Melbourne City FC is excited to announce the signing of 18-year-old goalkeeper Sally James for the upcoming W-League season.
One of the country’s brightest young goalkeeping talents, James endured a tough run with injury last season which limited her to just three W-League appearances. This wasn’t enough to hold the youngster back as she was called up to the Matildas Transition Camp in June 2021 which was held in Sweden.
She also has been involved with the Young Matildas program since 2020 and will be looking to put her best foot forward in her first season in Melbourne.
James will be looking to follow in the steps of City’s past two keepers; Teagan Micah and Lydia Williams, who are currently battling it out for the number one Matildas jersey.
Head Coach Rado Vidosic said:
“We’re excited to have one of Australia’s best young keepers joining the Club this season.
“Sally is a proactive, modern goalkeeper, who will suit our style of play well.
“She's a hard-worker and there’s no doubt she has a promising future. We look forward to her arriving in Melbourne and working with her to help her reach her full potential.”
Sally James said:
“I decided to join City to step out of my comfort zone and to challenge myself in a new environment.
“The coaching staff have shown a lot of faith in me, and I’ll give 100% of myself to repay that.
“I’m excited to meet the team and the coaching staff, as well as learning the City style of play.”