Melbourne City sign Junior Matildas captain: ‘One of the best… in Australia’

Melbourne City have signed Junior Matildas captain Shelby McMahon for the remainder of the Liberty A-League season.

The 15-year-old has earned her first professional opportunity – joining the league leaders as a replacement for injured star Holly McNamara.

McMahon, who has been training with City since last week, makes the move from Gold Coast Knights in Queensland.

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“We’re really excited to welcome Shelby to the club. She is a player we have been following for a while and view her as one of the best young defensive midfielders in Australia,” said head coach Dario Vidosic ahead of Thursday night’s battle with Western United.

“Shelby has a bright future ahead and I’m excited to work with her and see her develop as a player over the coming months.”

McMahon added: “I’m really excited to sign at Melbourne City, a club that has had so much success in the A-League Women’s competition over the years.

“The facilities here are second to none and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to develop as a player and learn from Dario and my teammates.”