Emma Checker has announced her retirement. Picture: LinkedIn

Emma Checker has announced her retirement. Picture: LinkedIn

A-League Women star and eight-time capped Matilda Emma Checker will retire from professional football at the end of the 2023/24 season.

The 28-year-old has represented Adelaide United, Canberra United, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory in the A-League Women comp, while also playing in South Korea, France, Iceland and Sweden.

Checker, who has played 148 games in the A-League Women competition, said it was the right time to make the call.

“It felt like it was the right time for me to step away from the game and begin a new journey,” she said.

“I probably feel fitter than I have in a long time, physically, mentally and emotionally in every way and there’s always that doubt that comes but deep down, it’s the right decision for me and my family.

“I’ve had an incredible opportunity come up for me in my life that would mean I couldn’t give my all to football and I’ve had to make this decision. I feel like I owe it to those in my life to change my priorities.

“It’s hard to put names to the list of people I’d like to thank but my family, my partner and my coaches have been the most important to me throughout my career.

“They have made the most sacrifices for me across the journey and I am thankful to them for coming along with me in my football journey.

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