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Mar 24, 2022   |  11:54AM AET

Reds re-sign Sasaki and Tonkin on two-year deals

Reds re-sign Sasaki and Tonkin on two-year deals

Adelaide United is delighted to announce Nanako Sasaki and Ella Tonkin have signed two-year contract extensions with the Club until the end of the Liberty A-League 2023/24 season.

Sasaki was a revelation for the Reds in 2021/22, making a seamless transition to the Liberty A-League after years dominating the local Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) with Adelaide City and Adelaide Comets.  

The 23-year-old Japanese midfielder started in 13 of her 14 appearances, while scoring two goals and registering two assists.

After putting pen-to-paper on her two-year deal, Sasaki, said: “I’m very happy to know my future lies with Adelaide United.

“It was an amazing season from an individual and team perspective and it’s a great group of people to be around.

“Adrian (Stenta) is a fantastic coach and hopefully next season, we can build on the progress we made this year.”

Meanwhile, Tonkin also experienced a breakout season just gone, recording five starts in nine appearances.

The 19-year-old defender completed her third campaign as a Red having made her debut during the 2019/20 season.

Speaking on committing her future to Adelaide for the next two years, Tonkin, said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be re-signing with the Club I’ve grown up supporting my whole life.

“After getting more minutes under my belt this season it has really instilled a lot of belief in myself.

“Despite making finals for the first time, it was a frustrating end to the season and hopefully we can learn from the setback and come back stronger.”

Adelaide United’s Liberty A-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “Re-signing both Nano and Ella for the next two seasons is excellent as they’re both important players for us.

“Nano was instrumental in our midfield and showed she clearly belongs at this level.

“She was brilliant in her debut season and I’m confident she will only continue to improve.

“Ella also made impressive strides forward this year and demonstrated she is more than capable of playing in this competition.

“Her versatility in defence and sometimes as a holding midfielder provides the team with not only depth but flexibility.”