Mariners sign UK defender Faye Bryson for ALW

The Central Coast Mariners have signed former Women’s Super League defender Faye Bryson for the upcoming A-League Women season.

The 26-year-old Englishwoman most recently played for Reading FC, making 37 appearances over two seasons with the club.

Originally starting her youth career with Liverpool FC’s academy, Bryson made the switch to Merseyside rivals Everton. She captained the side to the 2014 FA Women’s Youth Cup Final, before making her senior debut in April 2015.

Bryson made her WSL debut during the 2017/18 season, before spending another two campaigns with the Toffees. Following this stint, the defender opted for a new challenge, putting pen to paper on a deal with Bristol City.

After another two seasons with Bristol in the WSL, she signed with Reading before her move to Australia.

Mariners head coach Emily Husband predicted Bryson would be an important member of the squad.

“I am excited to have someone of Faye’s quality signing for us at the Central Coast Mariners ahead of this season,” said Husband.

“She possesses great game understanding and awareness which comes from playing in a competition with the quality of the Women’s Super League.

“Having played for the likes of Everton and Reading, she has brilliant experience facing some of the best players in world football.

“Faye has a great engine and is technically really strong which will be extremely important for us this season. She will add a lot to our squad ahead of this campaign.”

Bryson is excited with her new move.

“It has always been an ambition of mine to play abroad and since arriving on the Central Coast the club have welcomed me with open arms, making it already feel like a home away from home,” Bryson said.

“I’m really looking forward to creating something special this season.”