Collingwood AFLW star Sarah Rowe has crossed codes to affix Melbourne Victory.
Rowe has signed an injury-replacement cope with the Victory as cowl for Melina Ayres, who’s sidelined with a hamstring harm.
The versatile athlete, who has spent the previous 5 AFLW seasons with the Magpies, is not any stranger to soccer after representing Ireland within the sport at youth and senior degree.
Rowe has additionally performed top-level Gaelic soccer in a adorned sporting profession.
With a prolonged break now between AFLW seasons, Rowe’s one-time dream of representing Ireland on the World Cup stays doable.
If issues take off, Rowe may even face the Matildas in Ireland’s World Cup opener on July 20.
“One can dream,” Rowe informed AAP.
“I didn’t assume that there can be an choice to get again into the squad once more, having been away for thus lengthy.
“Step one was getting again to enjoying soccer once more, step two was getting signed to a membership, which is Victory, step three is stepping into the (Ireland) squad after which performing week in, week out.
“As a participant you possibly can by no means assume far forward with issues like that as a result of accidents and every part must go best for you.
Sarah Rowe of the Victory warms up.Source: Supplied
“One can dream and clearly you at all times assume huge as a sportsperson however for now my focus is simply on Victory.”
Victory coach Jeff Hopkins mentioned he was “extremely happy” to have Rowe be part of the squad.
“We’re excited to see what a pure expertise like her can carry to our squad,” he mentioned.
“Sarah has been trialling with us and we’ve been impressed along with her degree and what she has to supply so we’re seeking to see her hit the bottom working at Victory.”
Rowe was “thrilled” to once more be enjoying soccer and to have the possibility to play for the Victory beneath Hopkins.
“There is little doubt this group desires to attain the last word success this season and I’m wanting ahead to contributing to their success any manner I can,” the 27-year-old midfielder mentioned.
Rowe is on the market for choice for the Victory’s conflict on Friday in opposition to Perth Glory at AAMI Park.