Wanderers re-sign Matos

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today confirmed the re-signing of defender Danika Matos for the next two Liberty A-League seasons.

Matos joined the Wanderers back in 2019 as a youngster and became a formidable part of the starting eleven a season later.

A one-club player, the fast-paced defender has been a standout in the club’s defence and her new deal will see her at the club for seven seasons.

Head coach Robbie Hooker praised Matos’ ongoing commitment to the club.

“We are very proud to have Danika at the club for another two seasons as she embodies our club values both on and off the field,” said Hooker.

“Danika has all the attributes we look for in players and she is a fantastic leader to have in our changerooms.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 16: Danika Matos of the Wanderers shoots 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)

Matos said she had high hopes for the club over the next two seasons.

“The team is closer than ever, it’s incredible. It (the club) is my home away from home, it’s a second family. We’re like a bunch of big sisters, aren’t we? There’s younger ones, and there’s the middle aged kids, and then there’s older ones,” said Matos.

“We fight but you know, sisters always come back and we all love each other… I love them all, and I love playing with them, we drive each other to be better.

“I want to (be) making finals, I want to make a grand final, we want to win the Premiership, we want to do it all here, and I know all the girls do as well.

“With Robbie behind us – he believes in us as well as all the other coaching staff – so I think that coming back and majority of the girls coming back next season will be a lot easier. We know each other pretty well now, so we’ll get our groove a lot quicker than we did this season.”