Sam Kerr named first ‘Marquee Woman’
Perth Glory's Samantha Kerr named first marquee player for W-League04 October 2018 | FT Editor
Sam Kerr has been named as the first female marquee player in Australia, joining the likes of past A-League marquees Dwight Yorke, Alessandro Del Piero, Tim Cahill and current marquee man, Keisuke Honda, in conjunction with Kerr re-signing with Perth Glory for the upcoming W-League season.
An FFA statement said it reinforced their "genuine commitment" to women’s football.
"Developing and promoting male and female heroes that the community can connect is a critical part of this strategy," the statement read.
FFA CEO, David Gallop said that the marquee position was possible because FFA, Perth Glory and FOX Sports had worked together to ensure that Kerr would be home for the coming W-League season.
“Sam Kerr is truly one of the best female footballers in the world right now and one of the most recognisable sports people in Australia and football worldwide. Sam’s reach extends well beyond the football field, as illustrated by her being the current Young Australian of the Year,” said Gallop.
“We truly hope that historic days like today will ensure we create an important legacy for professional female players in the future.”
Perth Glory CEO, Tony Pignata, said he was 'thrilled' to have Kerr back in Glory colours for the season.
“As well as being one of the very best players in the world, Sam is also a fantastic ambassador for women’s football and a superb role model for all young Australians,” Pignata said.
“We are incredibly proud of her achievements and delighted that she will skipper our W-League side once again this year."
The 25-year-old Kerr has played the 2018 national women's soccer league season in the USA with the Chicago Red Stars scoring 16 goals in 17 appearances. The team finished fourth in the competition.
She has made 67 appearances for the Matildas, scoring 26 goals.
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