Reds secure MelindaJ Barbieri and Meisha Westland

Adelaide United is excited to announce the signings of midfielders MelindaJ Barbieri and Meisha Westland for the upcoming Liberty A-League 2022/23 season.

Barbieri had spent the last seven campaigns at Melbourne Victory, recording 66 appearances and scoring four goals.

A two-time Liberty A-League Champion, the 22-year-old bolsters the squad with her versatility allowing her to feature not only in midfield but also on the wing.

Speaking about her decision to join Adelaide, Barbieri said: “I’m really eager about this new opportunity with Adelaide United.

“Over the last four or five years they’ve really transformed into an extremely competitive team and play an attacking, attractive brand of football.

“This is a new challenge for me and one that I cannot wait to get started and help this team take the next step and win a championship.”

Meanwhile, Westland enjoyed her first experience of Liberty A-League football last year, playing 12 matches with Melbourne City. The 21-year-old is a defensive midfielder and has spent the offseason in the NPL NSW Women’s with Manly United.

Westland said: “Adelaide’s style of play captivated me last year and the opportunity to work under Adrian (Stenta) was simply one I had to jump at.

“I am looking forward to helping the team have another successful season this year and can’t wait to get started.”

Adelaide United’s Liberty A-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “MelindaJ and Meisha arrive with plenty of quality.

“MelindaJ’s been part of squads that have lifted silverware, so that will be extremely beneficial to our playing group and offers our team real tactical flexibility.

“Meisha is a player that we believe can contribute to our midfield and provides depth in the centre of the pitch, having been introduced to this level last season.”