Hunt named Wanderers Liberty A-League captain

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today confirmed that defender Clare Hunt has been named the club’s Liberty A-League captain for the upcoming season.

Hunt, who joined the Wanderers last season, has been a prominent figure in the Red & Black’s Liberty A-League squad after a number of breakout performances in 2021/22.

The talented defender went on to be named the Wanderers Medal winner for 2022 and was on the bench in the PFA’s Team of the Season in her first season at the club.

Western Sydney Wanderers head coach Kat Smith was proud to name Hunt captain for the upcoming season.

“Clare has been an integral part of our pre-season preparations and we are delighted that she has returned to the club for her second season in the Red & Black,” said Smith.

“We have a number of leaders in our squad and Clare is one that upholds our values both on and off the pitch.”

Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson congratulated Hunt on the appointment.

“We are very proud to have Clare as our Liberty A-League captain this upcoming season as she is a fantastic example of what the Wanderers represent,” said Hudson.

“Clare has been resilient and fought hard to return to regular club football and we are very excited to see what her leadership brings to the squad this season.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 27: Clare Hunt of the Wanderers controls the ball during the round four A-League Women’s match between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers at Leichhardt Oval, on December 27, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Clare Hunt said it was an honour to wear the armband for the Red & Black.

“It is a very proud moment in my career to be named the captain of the Wanderers and it is a responsibility that I am eager to take on,” said Hunt.

“I am a player that leads by example and sets high expectations for myself and my teammates. This drive to work hard, perform consistently and win, is something that I pride myself on and seek to instil within the team.

“There are a number of leaders within this squad so I feel extremely supported and well-equiped to lead this fantastic club.

“We have put in a lot of work this pre-season to make our members and fans proud of the club and look forward to continuing to have the support of the Western Sydney community behind us.”

The Wanderers Liberty A-League side kick off their campaign this Saturday when they take on the Newcastle Jets in Tamworth.