Sydney FC make a statement with signing of Julie Dolan Medallist & Golden Boot winner

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Sydney FC have pulled off a major coup, luring star forward Fiona Worts away from Adelaide United.

Worts brings firepower and pedigree to the Sky Blues, having claimed the Julie Dolan Medal and A-League Women Golden Boot following her 13-goal campaign in 2021-22.

The English forward has scored 18 goals in 39 appearances across three seasons with Adelaide, though Worts only managed to bag three last term as the Reds went from semi-finalists to missing the finals altogether.

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She is on a mission to rediscover her best form in Sydney.

“I’m excited to be joining a club that has been so historically and recently successful,” Worts said.

“There’s great talent in the squad and I look forward to working with them and with Ante.

“I want to get back to my best self on the pitch and contribute to another great season for the club.

“I think it’s been a great year for women’s football and Australia blew away my expectations with the world cup. I can’t wait to see what that brings to the A-League this season.”

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Worts’ arrival helps fill the void up front at Sydney FC, who have lost, Madison Haley (end of loan), Rachel Lowe (Melbourne Victory) and Mackenzie Hawkesby (Brighton & Hove Albion).

The 27-year-old is among the new Sky Blues signings, which include Lucy Johnson (Newcastle Jets), Margaux Chauvet, Aideen Keane (Perth Glory)Tori Tumeth (Melbourne City), Sienna Saveska (Western Sydney Wanderers), Zara Kruger (Brisbane Roar) and Shea Connors (Brisbane Roar).

Matildas star Cortnee Vine, Jada Whyman, Charlotte McLean, Kirsty Fenton, Teigan Collister, Natalie Tobin, Abbey Lemon, Jynana Dos Santos, Taylor Ray, Princess Ibini, Shay Hollman, Indiana Dos Santos and Tahlia Franco have also re-signed.

“Fiona has a proven eye for goal and is a lethal finisher,” said Juric.

“Her game suits our style of play and she will provide excellent competition for us in the final third.

“We have built a strong squad and I’m looking forward to the season beginning as we look to defend our titles.

“It promises to be another exciting year.”