Philippines World Cup star Jaclyn Sawicki will continue to inspire the next generation in the West, signing on for a second Liberty A-League Women season with Western United.
Sawicki started in all three of the Philippines’ matches at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, playing a significant role in an historic tournament for her country.
That campaign followed her first in the Liberty A-League, one where she made 14 appearances and led United to the Grand Final as the team’s inaugural captain.
After completing her extension, Sawicki said she is delighted to confirm her future with the Green and Black and is buoyed by how the team is looking heading into the new campaign.
“I am extremely excited and grateful to be part of another season with Western United,” she said.
“Given the results from our first season, we are naturally going to set high expectations for ourselves going into season two and I think the girls are going to come in determined to push for even more.
“It looks like we have added some great additions to our side so I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do as a collective for this Club this year.”
Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato said securing Sawicki for another season would continue to promote United’s growth on and off the pitch.
“Jackie has been a major part in setting the standards of our women’s program and after her success at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, we are delighted to have extended her contract for another season,” he said.
“Jackie will continue to be a role model for our fans and a key driver of our team’s culture as we continue to build on last season’s incredible Liberty A-League campaign.”
Sawicki rounds out a stacked midfield contingent at Western United featuring Matildas superstar Chloe Logarzo, Adriana and Melissa Taranto and Emma Robers.
Her big game experience at the World Cup and from top leagues in Sweden, Japan and Canada will continue to drive United’s development this season.
While injury interrupted the beginning of Sawicki’s season last term, she became a key performer in midfield and will hope for a clean bill of health and a similar run of performances in 2023/24.
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