Melbourne Victory re-signs Claudia Bunge

Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce the re-signing of defender Claudia Bunge for the 2022/23 Liberty A-League season.

The dual A-League Women’s Champion returns for her third consecutive season at Victory with the New Zealand international looking to maintain her perfect record in the league with a third Championship.

Bunge was a crucial cog in Victory’s back-to-back Championships, making 27 appearances over her two seasons and has only missed regular season fixtures due to international duty.

Melbourne Victory Director of Football, John Didulica said Bunge has established herself as one of the league’s premier defenders as the 22-year-old continues her rise as a footballer.

“We’re incredibly pleased to have Claudia back on board for another season,” Didulica said.

“She has proven to be one of the most reliable defenders in the league, with her ability to read play and manage dangerous moments throughout a match.

“Her recent call-ups to the New Zealand national team side have been testament to her form domestically and we’re looking forward to that continuing in the league this season.”

Bunge was also thrilled to call Melbourne home for another season.

“I’m excited to be re-joining the team and defending our back-to-back titles this season,” Bunge said.

We’ve been through so much as a group over the past two seasons at Melbourne Victory and I feel we have created a special environment here to achieve more success.”

Bunge is the Club’s third re-signing of the 2022/23 pre-season, joining Tiff Eliadis and Casey Dumont as well as new signings, Jesskia Nash, Miranda Templeman and Gema Simon.