Wanderers confirm re-signing of Julie Dolan Medal winner Sophie Harding

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have this morning confirmed the re-signing of Julie Dolan Medal winner Sophie Harding until the end of the 2025/26 Liberty A-Leagues season.

Harding had a standout 2023/24 season with the Wanderers, breaking a number of club records as well as helping guide the club to one of their best seasons in the competitions history.

The star striker scored 12 goals for the Red & Black and was also voted the Wanderers MyHR Members Player of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the club both on and off the field. 

Harding’s run of form was also recognised by the national team with her selection in February for a CommBank Matildas camp as well as being voted in the Liberty A-Leagues All Stars squad set to take on Arsenal FC this Friday night.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: Sophie Harding of the Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal during the A-League Women round 11 match between Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers at Macedonia Park, on January 07, 2024, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Head coach Robbie Hooker said that he was proud to retain Sophie in the Wanderers squad for the next two seasons. 

“Sophie had a remarkable season in 2023/24 and we know that this is only the beginning of her excelling in the A-Leagues competition,” said Hooker.

“We are very excited to continue to work with her over the next two seasons and continue to develop her to be the best.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 16: Sophie Harding of the Wanderers celebrates with Amy Chessari of the Wanderers after scoring a goal during the A-League Women round 20 match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory at Wanderers Football Park, on March 16, 2024, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Striker Sophie Harding said she was looking forward to continuing to build at the Wanderers.

“I think that it has been a massive year for the team, and myself personally as well, working under Robbie Hooker and the new group of girls. This year has been my most positive year in the A-League so far, so I’m looking to keep building on it,” said Harding.

“It was exciting breaking the club record (for most goals in a season), I didn’t know I was going to break it when it happened. Having a bit of history at this club to look back on is really exciting and I also think getting my Matildas camp call-up was a massive highlight of my career and it’ll make me never forget the season just gone.

“Looking back and having scored 12 goals this season is really exciting for me, but the girls around me have been so instrumental to that. Some of the assists I’ve been given by my teammates, the confidence that my teammates and coaches have in me, and the collective hard work that we have put in on the field and at training, is something that I am really grateful for. 

“That’s a massive reason why I have stayed at this club as I want to continue on with that with the girls, I truly believe in the team we’ve got and where we are going.”