Jaclyn Sawicki and Chloe Logarzo will lead Western United into its mammoth second season in the Liberty A-League Women, with the midfield pair being named co-captains.
They will be joined by Grace Maher as the key leaders in the group after the Club’s new signing was given the honour of vice-captain for the season.
Sawicki was the side’s inaugural captain last season, setting the foundations for the group and leading the team out onto the pitch throughout the season, including in Western United’s historic Grand Final outing.
Continuing to lead by example among the young squad, Sawicki went on to impress at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the Philippines, adding more experience under her belt with which she will be able to inspire the group this season.
Logarzo’s leadership capabilities and extraordinary experience both locally and abroad need no explanation, nor does her football pedigree as she prepares to be an integral part of United’s team this season.
The Matildas star was one of United’s inaugural vice-captains last season and has been a cornerstone of the culture and camaraderie that has define the Western women.
Arriving at the Club this season, Maher has immediately settled into the group and assumed an essential position in the changeroom.
One of Western United’s big new arrivals for season 2023/24, Maher will look to hit the ground running on the pitch while acting as a key influence off it.
Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato lauded the leadership trio, highlighting his confidence that they will help lead the Club into the future.
“We are extremely fortunate to have leaders of this caliber at our Club as they represent our community, culture and values and are widely respected by their peers,” he said.
“Jackie, Chloe and Grace complement each other very well and we are excited that they will lead us into what is another significant and exciting year for our Club.”
Western United Head Coach Mark Torcaso added that the roles Sawicki, Logarzo and Maher play amongst the group would be vital across the season.
“For a young group heading into our second season, it is crucial that we have strong leaders on and off the pitch and Jackie, Chloe and Grace are perfect examples of that,” he said.
“Their vast experience and qualities as people make them perfect leaders for our group and a dream for a coach to work with. We are delighted to have them on our side and look forward to their influence being felt this season.”
Mark Torcaso’s side is all set for a blockbuster season opener against Perth Glory on Saturday night as the journey resumes for the girls in green.
Coming off last season’s success in the Club’s inaugural campaign, the team will reach high once again with the three leaders hoping to drive the team towards silverware this time around.