After taking part in Western United’s inaugural Liberty A-League Women campaign last season, Raquel Deralas will return to the Green and Black hungry for more.
Injuries kept Deralas from being ready to play last season, and the 21-year-old will be eager to ensure she is in position to make her professional debut in 2023/24.
After linking up with Calder United again during the Liberty A-League off-season, Deralas has impressed with 11 goals in 13 matches and an additional strike in Calder’s NIKE F.C. Cup campaign, which ended with another trophy in the cabinet.
Deralas has been at Calder since the Club’s inception in 2016, immediately progressing through the Under 18’s side before debuting in NPLW Victoria at just 15 years of age.
While battling injuries over her short career to date, Deralas has remained a prolific goal scorer in the Victorian game and hopes to bring that onto the pitch in the Liberty A-League.
“Last season I learned so much from the entire team and I’m so grateful to get the opportunity to continue to grow and develop in the new season,” she said.
“I’m so keen to get back to work and hopefully make my professional debut this year.”
General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato hailed the importance of retaining a player like Deralas that reflects the Club’s talent pathway in the West.
“Raquel has been with Calder since the very beginning and has come through that pathway to be in a position to play professional football,” he said.
“We are delighted to give her another opportunity to be involved in a professional environment and we look forward to her continued development as she works towards a debut in the Liberty A-League.”
Deralas and her teammates will head into pre-season training at the end of this week as preparations ramp up for Round 1 on Saturday 14 October.
Western United 2023/24 Liberty A-League Women contracted players
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