Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce the signing of New Zealand international Annalie Longo on a one-year deal for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season.
Longo, 28, has received 120 caps for the Football Ferns and scored 15 goals in an international career that began in 2006 at the age of 15, making her New Zealand’s youngest senior footballer.
The attacking midfielder returns to the W-League for the first time since 2012/13 where she played in Sydney FC’s Championship winning season.
Longo expressed her excitement in returning to the W-League and to start a new journey with Melbourne Victory.
“I’m really excited to join such a well-established and professional environment,” said Longo.
“The club and players have made me feel very welcome, and I’ve been really impressed with the overall standard and the resources Victory have provided.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of an elite environment where I can continually learn and improve my game.”
Melbourne Victory Head Coach, Jeff Hopkins said that Longo’s skill and experience will be a welcome boost for the reigning premiers.
“We’re very pleased to have Annalie with us this season and I know she’s just as excited to be here too,” said Hopkins.
“Annalie is obviously a very talented player, but it’s her leadership and experience that will also be an incredible asset to our side this season.
“She has accomplished plenty in her career having played in four FIFA Women’s World Cups, so her return to the W-League and in particular to Victory is fantastic.”
Current Melbourne Victory W-League squad:
Angela BEARD, Laura BROCK, Casey DUMONT, Natasha DOWIE, Annalie LONGO, Melissa MAIZELS, Jenna McCORMICK