Star Stingrays trio back to Sydney

Jordan Baker of the Stingrays has impressed with her form. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER
Jordan Baker of the Stingrays has impressed with her form. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER


Illawarra Stingrays trio Jordan Baker, Michelle Carney and Caitlin Cooper will return in Western Sydney Wanderers colours for another season after they were selected in the club's W-League squad.

All three players suited up for the club last season and were invited back by new coach Norm Boardman for the 2014-15 campaign after impressing in trials and for the Stingrays this season.

Cooper had another stellar season in the famous Rays's pink, while Carney and Baker have been at their dominant goal-scoring best in 2014, finishing first and second, respectively, on the Women's NSW NPL golden boot chart.

Eighteen-year-old Baker said she was pleased to be able to play another season with the Wanderers.

"It is never 100 per cent, so I was happy [to be signed]," she said.

"I thought I played pretty well this year, which probably helped with the selection.

"I hope to play a bit more this year and improve as a player."

Baker said it was a bonus to be able to play with two teammates from the Stingrays.

Illawarra's season was abruptly cut short before the finals when they were unable to bridge a seven-goal gap to Sydney University to make the top four.

Baker said they tried hard but just couldn't get the last two goals.

"I guess we had such a bad part for six weeks but we came back from that. To perform the way we did for the rest of the season was really good."

With their Women's NSW NPL season now done and dusted, the trio can focus on their upcoming W-League season.

The Wanderers kick off the year on September 14th against Canberra United and will be hoping to improve on last season's result where they finished seventh.

Fellow Illawarra Stingrays player Tilly Kramer will also play a role at the Wanderers as one of the club's train-on members for the new campaign.

Elsewhere, Rays defender Daila Borg returned to Adelaide earlier this season to take up a position on Adelaide United's roster.


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