Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce the signing of defender Emma Checker for the 2023/24 Liberty A-League season.
The 27-year-old joins the Club from Melbourne City, returning to Melbourne Victory for her second stint with the Club after making 133 A-League Women’s appearances and winning two Championships throughout her career.
Checker has represented her country at senior international seven times, making her Matildas debut in 2012 against Hong Kong and has played domestically in France, Korea and Iceland before returning to Australia.
Melbourne Victory Head Coach, Jeff Hopkins said he was looking forward to welcoming Checker to the squad.
“We’re thrilled to have Emma join the squad for the upcoming season,” Hopkins said.
“We know her capability as a defender and believe she will be a perfect fit for the squad.
“She’s a leader on and off the park and her experience at A-League Women’s level is invaluable.
“We’re continuing to build a squad for the upcoming season that strikes the balance between experience and up-and-coming talent but more importantly, a squad that will challenge for the Championship and we feel Emma will be an important part of this.”
Checker was also looking forward to returning to Victory.
“I’m excited to be returning to Victory, the club that I first moved to Melbourne for back in 2013”, Checker said.
“I am looking forward to the move and being part of the new generation of Melbourne Victory, it is a project that really excites me.”
“Jeff and the squad have built a dominant force over the last couple of seasons and for me coming into that, I hope to contribute to the team getting back to the top this season.”
Checker is the second new signing of the 2023/24 A-League Women’s season joining Rachel Lowe and the re-signing of Kayla Morrison and Lia Privitelli as well as the already contracted group of Claudia Bunge, Beattie Goad, Jessika Nash and Miranda Templeman.