Signing news: Kyah Simon among five players returning to City

Westfield Matildas attacker Kyah Simon and veteran keeper Melissa Barbieri are among five re-signings made by Melbourne City on Thursday.

Along with Simon and Barbieri, the club also secured Junior Matilda Nia Stamatopoulos and Championship-winning duo Rhali Dobson and Tyla-Jay Vlajnic.

“We’ve secured an important group of core players that have played an influential role for this club over recent season,” coach Rado Vidosic said.

“It’s an exciting time for the club, we have a good mix of experienced internationals, as well as a bunch of up-and-coming talents that are not only the future of the sport and our club, but also have the ability to play an important role for us this season.”

Simon returns for her third season in City blue and will link with the club once her NWSL commitments with Houston Dash are over.

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Meanwhile, Barbieri will play an influential role on and off the pitch, combining her playing role with her duties as a Westfield W-League Assistant Coach.

The quintet of signings takes City’s squad to nine so far ahead of the start of the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season next month.

City have already signed Westfield Matildas duo Emily van Egmond and Emma Checker, as well as Young Matildas Chelsea Blissett and Sofia Sakalis.

Vidosic’s squad will begin pre-season training on Monday, October 14.

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