Wanderers re-sign Julie Dolan Medal winner Harding as she reveals ‘massive reason’ for staying

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Western Sydney Wanderers have announced the re-signing of Julie Dolan Medal winner Sophie Harding until the end of the 2025-26 Liberty A-League season.

The extension is just reward for the striker who enjoyed a record-breaking breakout season, scooping the competition’s highest honour after scoring 12 goals this term, the highest ever by a Wanderers player in a single campaign.

Harding also received her first Matildas call-up and was named in the inaugural A-League All Stars Women squad to take on Arsenal Women at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.


“Sophie had a remarkable season in 2023-24 and we know that this is only the beginning of her excelling in the A-Leagues competition,” Wanderers boss Robbie Hooker said.

“We are very excited to continue to work with her over the next two seasons and continue to develop her to be the best.”

Harding added: “I think it has been a massive year for the team and myself personally as well, working under Robbie Hooker and the new group of girls.

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“This has been my most positive year in the A-League so far, so I’m looking to keep building on it.

“It was exciting breaking the club record (for most goals in a season), I didn’t know I was going to break it when it happened. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 04: Sophie Harding of The Western Sydney Wanderers poses for a photo after winning the 2023-24 Julie Dolan medal during the A-League Women Grand Final match between Melbourne City and Sydney FC at AAMI Park, on May 04, 2024, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images for A-Leagues)

“Having a bit of history at this club to look back on is really exciting and I also think getting my Matildas camp call-up was a massive highlight of my career and it’ll make me never forget the season just gone.

“Looking back and having scored 12 goals this season is really exciting for me, but the girls around me have been so instrumental to that. 

“Some of the assists I’ve been given by my teammates, the confidence that my teammates and coaches have in me, and the collective hard work that we have put in on the field and at training, is something that I am really grateful for. 

“That’s a massive reason why I have stayed at this club as I want to continue on with that with the girls, I truly believe in the team we’ve got and where we are going.”