Mariners pull off transfer coup by luring a three-time champion back to the Liberty A-League

Central Coast Mariners have lured star goalkeeper Casey Dumont back to the Liberty A-League for the remainder of the 2023-24 season.

A three-time champion, Dumont returns to the league following the completion of the AFLW season where she was playing for Hawthorn, having crossed codes from Melbourne Victory at the end of 2022-23.

“I am super excited to be joining the Mariners this season. There is so much footballing talent in this team and on the Coast, so it is great to be a part of this squad.”

The three-time Matilda initially put pen-to-paper on her deal with the club before the start of the campaign but was permitted to see-out the AFLW season before crossing codes once more.

“I would like to thank the Mariners for being open to allowing me to continue to be a dual-
sport athlete, playing both AFL and football,’ continued Dumont.

“They have been working with Hawthorn the whole time to prepare for me to join the club once the AFL season finished, keeping in contact regularly with me.”

Dumont parted ways with Victory before the start of the current Liberty A-League season after winning two Premierships and a Championship whilst under the tutelage of Jeff Hopkins. Victory also won the 2020-21 Championship but she was sidelined for the entire campaign.

She also won two Championships and a Premiership with Brisbane Roar.

However the Mariners’ acceptance of the 31-year-old’s cross-code ambitions has seemingly been the key to luring the star back to the Liberty A-League and Dumont has already been training with Emily Husband’s side.

“Casey is going to make a massive difference for us not only on the field but also off it,’ remarked Husband. “She has come in and immediately inserted herself into the group, it is amazing to have her in the team.

“She brings a wealth of experience and elevates the competition in the squad.”

A signing of Dumont’s calibre will certainly come as a huge boost for the Mariners who host Brisbane Roar on Sunday in what is their third game of the season.

Husband’s side have so far recorded a loss and a win from their opening two games having not featured in Round Three of the Liberty A-League due to Sydney FC’s ongoing participation in the AFC women’s Club Championship.