Young defensive trio returning to Western United in Liberty A-League

Natasha Dakic Alyssa Dall'Oste Silver Bell Morris Western United A-League Women

Natasha Dakic, Silver Bell Morris and Alyssa Dall’Oste will remain part of Western United’s young Liberty A-League Women core in 2023/24.

The defensive trio is committed to the Club’s second season in the competition having signed two-year deals upon joining the Club last year.

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Dakic made 11 appearances for United in her first season as a professional, starting twice while also appearing in the Semi-Final win over Sydney FC.

The talented centre-back has returned to Calder United in NPLW and has quickly resumed her form in that competition as she aims for a heightened role with Western United this season.

Dakic said she is looking forward to being part of United’s follow-up attempt after a brilliant debut campaign in the Liberty A-League.

“I am excited to be a part of Western for a second season. Although we had a lot of success last season, there’s still continued work to do,” she said.

“I am motivated to continue working hard and to achieve more with the team this A-League season.”

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Dall’Oste came on for her maiden appearance in professional football in February, playing the closing stages of United’s 6-0 win over Newcastle Jets.

After shining in NPLW with Calder United over a number of seasons, Dall’Oste made her first leap into a professional environment and pushed Hillary Beall in training throughout the campaign.

Remaining one of the state’s top young shot stoppers, Dall’Oste is eager to continue learning and putting herself forward for minutes in the Liberty A-League.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Western this season. It’s exciting to stay and be a part of the continuing growth of the Club,” she said.

“Last season was a great learning experience as my first professional season, so I’m eager to hopefully earn my way into a more regular role this season.”

Morris was the youngest player in Western United’s inaugural Liberty A-League squad, signing as an 18-year-old after impressing in NPLW Victoria with FV Emerging.

Niggling injuries throughout the campaign prevented Morris from making her professional bow, but her ability shone through in training and she will be eager to step out onto the pitch next season.

“With the success the Club had last year, just being in that environment was very cool. I’m really looking forward to the coming season and working towards my debut for the Club,” Morris said.

Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato spoke of the importance of keeping hold of the Club’s talented young players as the side develops beyond its inaugural season.

“We are dedicated to ensuring that our first season in the Liberty A-League is only the beginning of our story and that we continue to improve each season,” he said.

“As a result, it is vital that we are able to retain top young talents like Natasha, Alyssa and Silver Bell and we are pleased to have them continue their professional football journey with us.”

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Dakic, Dall’Oste and Morris continue United’s squad building for next season with 12 players now confirmed for next season and plenty more to come before pre-season starts next month.

Western United 2023/24 Liberty A-League Women confirmed contracted players

Hannah Keane

Angie Beard

Chloe Logarzo

Kahli Johnson

Catherine Zimmerman

Grace Maher

Alana Cerne

Adriana Taranto

Melissa Taranto

Natasha Dakic

Alyssa Dall’Oste

Silver Bell Morris