Liberty A-League Champions and Premiers Sydney FC has boosted its attacking stocks with the signing of striker Shea Connors and attacking midfielder Zara Kruger for the 2023-24 season.
Connors joins from NWSL club San Diego Wave where she replaced United States international striker Alex Morgan during the FIFA Women’s World CupTM.
The 27-year old earned the Brisbane Roar’s Player of the Year Award and Golden Boot last season in the A-League Women’s competition, with six goals and two assists from 18 games.
She has also scored 78 goals in three seasons in the Queensland NPLW.
17-year old Kruger also spent last season with the Roar playing 10 games in the Liberty A-League and is a regular member of the Young Matildas.
The signings come after Sydney FC shattered their Women’s Membership target for the season with a 500% increase on last year’s figure.
Both players will be available for the opening game against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday October 14th at Allianz Stadium.
Head Coach Ante Juric says Sky Blue Members will be in for a treat.
“Shea and Zara will add flair and excitement to our attack this season and it’s something for our Members to look forward to,” he said.
“Shea is a natural goal-scorer with pace and a real eye for goal. She is a great fit for our front line.
“Zara is a young and energetic attacking midfielder who will flourish in our environment.”
Connors said she was excited to be joining the Champions and Premiers.
“It’s a great season to be joining Sydney FC with the record numbers of Members and I’m keen to play in Sydney at a time when there’s so much hype for women’s football after the World Cup.
“I can see that we’ve a really strong squad already and I’m keen to help the girls defend the titles.”
Kruger believes the move to Sydney FC can help her career.
“Sydney FC has a proven track record of helping young players improve and move forward with their development.
“I’m excited to be joining this Championship winning squad and working with an excellent group of players and coaching staff.”
Both players are set to begin training next week ahead of the first game against Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 14th October.
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