Rising stars commit to Reds

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Talented strike duo, Emilia Murray and Katie Bowler, have re-signed with Adelaide United ahead of the upcoming 2023/24 Liberty A-League season.

Murray, 18, burst onto the scene in Round 2 of the 2021/22 season against Canberra United after dominating with Football SA NTC where she scored nine goals in 11 matches prior to joining the Reds.

The forward has moved from strength to strength since, memorably scoring her first A-League goal which was a dramatic late winner against Sydney FC in Round 1 last season.

Murray has also won National recognition, earning captaincy of the Young Matildas during their 2022 Pacific Women’s Four Nations Tournament in Canberra and Queanbeyan, and most recent selection in their 2024 AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup qualifying campaign.

Bowler, 20, meanwhile had a breakout campaign in 2022/23, making her debut in the first game of the season against Sydney FC as a substitute, but ending the season with the biggest impact.

The attacker scored two and assisted one in her 13 appearances, including a memorable first goat at Coopers Stadium in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets in March.

She was scouted by the Reds from Adelaide City in 2022, after scoring 10 goals in 16 appearances in the Go Sunny Solar Women’s NPL.

Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, highlighted the importance of the signings.

“Emilia and Katie are two upcoming talents that would do anything for this Club and their commitment is crucial for us going forward as a collective into the new season.

“The signing of players like Emilia and Katie reinforces our commitment to providing opportunities for talented SA players to shine on the national stage.

“Emilia and Katie are young players brimming with talent and newfound confidence, and the way the pair finished the season should have fans extremely excited for the next one.

“We are looking forward to the further growth of these players, and their contribution towards a successful 2023/24 Liberty A-League season.”

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