Goad adds new element to lethal Victory attack

Beattie Goad’s return to Melbourne Victory will add a fresh dimension to what is an already devastating forward line

Goad is back in Australia following six years playing overseas in the US, Germany and Spain.

One of the earliest prodigious talents nurtured in the A-League Women’s competition, Goad made her Victory debut at just 16 years of age in season 2013/14.

Her experiences overseas have seen Goad develop significantly as a footballer, having played in a wide variety of positions in some of the most competitive leagues around the world.

She will add to a Victory attack which already possesses some of the Liberty A-League’s best talent, especially with the prospect of a full season from Melina Ayres.

Ayres’ return to fitness at the end of last season was vital in propelling Victory towards Championship success, plus she returns to the club following a period playing in Iceland where she continued to hone her craft.

Catherine Zimmerman was the club’s leading goalscorer last campaign and returns to Victory in search of a third Championship in three seasons, with her prolific scoring record a significant factor in the team’s success during that period.

Lia Privitelli was one of the stand-out performers from last season, especially with her leadership in the absence of club captain Kayla Morrison.

Privitelli returns for another campaign alongside promising youngster Maja Markovski whose infectious personality has been proven to lift the mood of the entire playing group.

Markovski will no doubt benefit from being surrounded by the quality and experience of her teammates, offering further reason for optimism about the club’s future.

A forward line returning to full strength with the major bonus of Goad’s arrival paves the way for plenty of goals from Jeff Hopkins’ team in season 2022/23.