VINE RE-SIGNS! Matildas star pens new deal with Sydney FC after World Cup heroics

Matildas star Cortnee Vine re-signs for Sydney FC | Best Goals & Assists

Cortnee Vine was a shining light on the biggest stage for the Matildas and Australian fans will still be able to watch her in the Liberty A-League this season after she re-signed with champions Sydney FC.

Vine has committed to Sydney for the 2023-24 A-League Women campaign, the club announced on Tuesday.

One of two current A-League Women-based players in the Matildas’ FIFA Women’s World Cup squad, Vine scored the winning penalty in the dramatic penalty shoot-out against France as Australia made it all the way to the semi-finals.

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“I’m excited and thrilled to be staying with Sydney FC and playing in the Liberty A-League for next season,” she said.

“I can feel the Women’s World Cup has ignited a real passion for the women’s game in this country and given it real momentum.

“We are heading into an exciting new era for Australian football and I’m incredibly happy to be a part of it.”

The 25-year-old featured in every World Cup match, including Saturday night’s third-place play-off loss to Sweden.

On the back of her exploits, Vine has opted to remain with Sydney, where she won the Premiership/Championship double last season.

“Cortnee is a tremendous player and a great advocate for the game in Australia,” head coach Ante Juric said.

“She lives and breathes football and showed at the World Cup that she is one of the best players in the world.

“To have her playing for Sydney FC next season and helping to defend our Championship and Premiership is a real coup for Sydney FC and women’s football in Australia.”

Vine was at the centre of Sydney’s historic A-League campaign in 2022-23 as the Sky Blues won the Premiership for the third consecutive season.

The Australian forward, who joined the club in 2020, not only scored seven goals, but also supplied eight assists, starring as Juric’s Sydney routed Western United 4-0 in the Grand Final.

Since arriving from rivals Western Sydney Wanderers, Vine has scored 20 goals across three seasons.