Melbourne City FC is happy to announce the return of Melissa Barbieri for her 11th W-League season.
Since joining City in November 2017 on an injury replacement contract, Barbieri has played a massive role in the W-League squad which will continue as a playing Assistant Coach this season.
The veteran has had a big hand in the development and mentorship of City’s goalkeepers and was called into action last season when Player of the Year Teagan Micah went down with injury.
Barbieri played the final four matches of the season and in the process, became the oldest player to play in the W-League.
The 41-year-old clearly hadn’t missed a beat, keeping two clean sheets and showing she is still more than capable when called upon between the sticks.
Head Coach Rado Vidosic said:
“We’re always happy to have Melissa at the Club so are excited that she’ll be back again this season.
“She plays a huge role off the field in coaching and mentoring not just our goalkeepers, but the whole squad.
“Her experience and knowledge are vital to the squad and our coaching staff, so we are very happy to have her back.”
Melissa Barbieri said:
“It’s always easy returning home. The location of our training facility has changed but the City family and values remain.
“I’m looking forward to helping all of my new and returning teammates settle in well and create some new memories out here in Casey Fields.
“I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can from both Rado and PK, and personally want to help get our team keeping clean sheets again and pushing for a top of the table position.”
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