Melbourne Victory signs Sarah Rowe

Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce the signing of Irish international and multi-sport athlete, Sarah Rowe on an injury replacement contract.

The 27-year-old joins the Club from AFLW side Collingwood where she has spent the past five seasons competing in the Australian Rules Football competition.

Rowe’s roots in football lead back to her time in Ireland where she represented her country at youth and senior international level before adding Gaelic football to her repertoire, representing Dublin City University at club level and Mayo at inter-county level.

Between her Gaelic and AFLW career, Rowe returned to football in 2021 to play for Shelbourne Ladies in the Irish domestic league before returning to Collingwood to play in the latest AFLW season.

Melbourne Victory Head Coach, Jeff Hopkins said he was excited to see Rowe’s return to football in the A-League Women’s.

“We’re incredibly pleased to have an athlete like Sarah join the Club and we’re excited to see what a natural talent like her can bring to our squad,” Hopkins said.

“Sarah has been trialing with us and we’ve been impressed with her level and what she has to offer so we’re looking to see her hit the ground running at Victory.”

Rowe was also looking forward to testing herself at A-League Women’s level.

“I’m thrilled to be able to join Melbourne Victory and be back playing football with Jeff and the team here at Victory,” Rowe said.

“There is no doubt this group wants to achieve the ultimate success this season and I’m looking forward to contributing to their success any way I can.”

Rowe will be an injury replacement player for Melina Ayres who is set for a period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and will be available for Friday’s contest with Perth Glory at AAMI Park.