Western Sydney Wanderers FC are proud to announce the re-signing of defender Caitlin Cooper for the upcoming W-League season.
A Wanderers legend in her own right, Cooper is set to play in her eighth season in the Red & Black in 2021/22.
The veteran defender has been part of the W-League competition since its inception and continues to bring experience and leadership qualities to the club.
Cooper featured in every Wanderers match last season, making 34 clearances, eight blocks, and 21 interceptions.
Such impressive performances saw her called up to the Matildas for a national team camp prior to the Olympics this year as well as being crowned the Wanderers Medal winner for Player of the Year and Members’ Player of the Year.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas was proud of Cooper re-signing with the club.
“Caitlin sets an example beyond what it means to be a footballer at our club,” said Tsatsimas.
“We have seen through her football journey her determination and work ethic to give her all for the Red & Black and wider Western Sydney community both on and off the field.
“We welcome back Caitlin for another season which we hope to see more special moments and records broken.”
Head coach Catherine Cannuli said there was a strong synergy between Cooper and the Wanderers values.
“Caitlin and the Wanderers share very similar values which is why she is a wonderful example of who we want our Wanderers players to be and represent,” said Cannuli.
“Caitlin has played an instrumental role in not only pushing the team in striving to be at their best in every training session and every match, but also in helping to create a positive culture and learning environment at the club.”
Cooper said she was delighted to re-sign with the club.
“I’m very happy to be re-signing with the club for what we expect to be a big season for us in the W-League,” said Cooper.
“We have high hopes and lots of goals that we want to achieve together, and I believe that we will be able to go all the way this season.
“Having been at the Wanderers now for the majority of my football career, I have seen first-hand the growth of women’s football both on-and-off the pitch and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved together so far.
“I’m counting down the days now until we return to the Wanderers Centre of Football next month to start training with the team to push for a massive season ahead.”