Wanderers sign Women’s Championship winner Bruce

Western Sydney Wanderers FC are proud to confirm the signing of American defender Vicky Bruce from English Women’s Championship side Bristol City for the upcoming Liberty A-Leagues season.

The Women’s Championship winner joins the club off the back an impressive 2022/23 campaign with Bristol which saw her start in almost every single match in the heart of defence.

Bruce’s professional career has seen her play at a number of clubs including SC Sand, Fortuna Hjørring, Morön BK, Apollon Ladies FC and Fimleikafélag Hafnarfarðar.

The defender is proven winner having competed at the highest level with seven UEFA Women’s Champions League appearances to her name, qualifying as far as the Round of 16, as well as winning the Kvlindeliga in Denmark.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Deyna Castellanos of Manchester City is challenged by Vicky Bruce of Bristol City during the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup match between Bristol City and Manchester City at Ashton Gate on January 25, 2023 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Set to play in Australia for the first time in her professional career, head coach Kat Smith welcomed Vicky to the club.

“Vicky has considerable experience of playing at the highest level, so I’m confident that she will be an excellent addition to our squad,” said Smith.

“Vicky, whose ability to play from the back, will fit into our system and style of play, thanks to the great mix of technical ability and physical attributes.

“She (Vicky) is entering her prime and will bring quality and depth to our defensive unit, and we are so pleased to have her join the Wanderers.”

Vicky Bruce said she was delighted to make the move to Western Sydney.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the A-Leagues. A lot of my friends, competitors or former teammates have played in Australia and they have raved about it,” said Bruce.

“The league is known for having a high standard and its professionalism, so I’m really excited to be part of that culture. I know the Wanderers are incredibly competitive and put up a good fight every game.

“This season, I’m hoping to become not just a better player, but a better person and teammate.

“It would be amazing to make Player of the Week or get accolades for my achievements, but there is so much more to it than that. I want to make a difference on and off the pitch for the Wanderers. 

“Having played professionally abroad for over seven years, I have a lot of useful advice and wisdom that I can share. I want to support my teammates in any way that I can and I hope I can help lead the team to a title!”