Signing news: Polkinghorne returns for Brisbane in extended coaching role

Captain, leader, Westfield Matilda, two-time Julie Dolan Medal winner, Brisbane Roar stalwart, and now for Clare Polkinghorne, assistant coach.

The experienced Australian international is returning to Brisbane for an incredible 12th season and will extend her role into the club’s coaching ranks as Roar embark on a new era under Jake Goodship.

Goodship took the reins in Queensland following the departure of Premiership-winning mentor Mel Andreatta in September.

“I’m really excited to be back for another season – we’re building a strong team here with plenty of experienced players which will be massive for us to improve on what we achieved last year,” Polkinghorne said.

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“I’m always looking to challenge myself in different areas and coaching could be something I look to do in the future. It’s a great opportunity to get some good experience working alongside a group of high-quality coaches.

“I’d love to help the next generation of players and when the opportunity came up it was one I was really excited to take.”

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“Clare has been an incredible servant to the Brisbane Roar, the national team and female football in Australia and it’s terrific to have a player of her stature in our squad again,” Goodship said.

“She has been there for all of it in terms of Brisbane Roar and it’s great to have her experience in both the playing squad and coaching ranks this season.”

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