Reds sign SA duo to two-year contracts

Emily Hodgson and Matilda McNamara Adelaide United Women

Adelaide United is delighted to announce Emily Hodgson and Matilda McNamara have signed two-year contracts with the Club until the end of the W-League 2022/23 season.

Hodgson enters her sixth season with the Reds where she has gone on to accumulate 51 appearances while scoring one goal.

The 21-year-old right-back is also capable of featuring on the wing and has spent the offseason with West Adelaide in the local Women’s National Premier League (WNPL). 

Speaking on reaching a two-year agreement, Hodgson, said: “I’m really happy to be continuing at Adelaide United for my sixth season.

“It’s my hometown team and to be able to represent them means the world to me and I wanted to keep wearing this jersey.

“I’m really determined to kick-on from last season and help this Club improve as we try to secure a finals spot.”

Meanwhile, McNamara was one of the revelations in last season’s record-breaking campaign, which culminated in her bestowed the W-League Rising Star for the Reds.

The 22-year-old central defender played every minute of every match, scoring one goal in the process, and was one of the team’s most consistent performers.

Emily Hodgson and Matilda McNamara Adelaide United Women

McNamara had spent the offseason with Sydney Olympic but returned to Adelaide in the wake of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus situation.

After signing her contract, McNamara, said: “It’s exciting to know my future will remain in Adelaide.

“I felt on a personal and team level we took great strides forward last season and hopefully we can build on that.

“It was really painful to miss out on reaching the finals for the first time on goal difference, so the motivation is extremely high to finally finish in the top four.”

Adelaide United’s W-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “Re-signing both Emily and Matilda for the next two campaigns is fantastic.

“They’re important players in our team and we’ll again be expecting strong contributions from each of them.

“Emily has been in the league for a long time now and I’m looking forward to seeing her take her game to the next level.

“Matilda is a fantastic defender and really demonstrated her quality and what she’s capable of last year, so I’m confident she will only improve.”