Mullan and Tonkin return to United for 2021/22

Mullan and Tonkin return to United for 2021/22

Adelaide United can announce Meleri Mullan and Ella Tonkin have agreed to new deals with the Club for the upcoming W-League 2021/22 season.

After making her debut during the 2018/19 campaign, Mullan returned to the Reds last season and featured in 11 games.

The 21-year-old attacker spent the offseason with Bankstown City Lions in Sydney before returning last month to local Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) outfit Salisbury Inter.

Speaking about re-signing with the Club, Mullan, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be re-signing with Adelaide United.

“While I was happy with my contributions in a record-breaking season for the Club last year, I want to push myself even further and do as much as I can for our group this upcoming season. 

“We have an amazing group of people who have contributed to the successful culture that has been established at the Club.

“After last season’s heart-breaking end, I know we have some unfinished business, which is something I know this group can achieve and is why I can’t wait for the season to begin”.

Meanwhile, Tonkin is back with United for a third successive season and has previously made two substitute appearances for the Reds.

The 18-year-old defender has spent the offseason with Football SA NTC in the WNPL, scoring one goal in 10 appearances.

After signing her contract, Tonkin, said: “I’m really excited to be back and pushing for more first-team opportunities in what is a really competitive squad.

“Training every day at this level last year really helped improve my game, and if I continue to work hard, I’ll give myself the best chance of getting more minutes under my belt.

“I’m also hoping we can make the finals for the first time in our history too.”

Adelaide United’s W-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “Both Meleri and Ella have really progressed as players during their time with the Club.

“Both girls are still quite young and only at the beginning of their careers, but they’re on the right path to fulfilling their potentials and being successful. 

“Their additions certainly bolster the depth in the squad and I’m very happy to have them return.”