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Rebekah Stott is continuing her amazing comeback from Hodgkin's Lymphoma with a return to the W-League and Melbourne City

Even opposition supporters would have been pleased when Melbourne City announced that Rebekah Stott was returning to the W-League for the upcoming season.

The New Zealand international is continuing her comeback following her successful and inspiring fight with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Stott has featured for Melbourne City 62 times and had made seven appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion in England’s FAWSL.

In July she made an inspirational return to football for FC Bulleen in the NPLW and in August she made her first start for the club.

A champion center-back by trade, Stott donned the keeper’s gloves as the last option in a 2-1 win over Box Hill.

“That was my dream come true,” she said with a laugh of her stint between the sticks.

“I’ve always wanted to become a goalkeeper or thought I’d be really good. But after experiencing it I don’t think I ever want to be a goalkeeper again… I got really cold and it was quite boring.

Chilly nights in goal aside, Stott is looking forward to doing what she does best again.

“It’s an incredible feeling for me to have football back and I definitely didn’t realize how much I’d missed it until I got back on the pitch,” She told the media on Thursday.

“I’m so excited and I just can’t wait to get back into training and be in a team environment.”

Stott is a high achiever, her time at City has yielded four championships and two premierships from 2015-2020.

Off the field, she has been no less inspirational. In March of 2021, she raised $38,900 for Cancer research when she participated in The World’s Greatest Shave.

Stott’s return to action has been carefully managed and the Football fern praised the care she has received.

“Dr. Nick (Club doctor) has been with me from the very first appointment to the last and the club has always been behind me and supported me, so it’s great to be back,” she said.

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Football was a significant motivator for the defender during her treatment.

“I think having the 2023 World Cup on home soil…that’s the biggest motivator for me. I never ever had a doubt that I wouldn’t be making it to then.” Stott said.

Melbourne City coach Rado Visosic was thrilled to present one of the first big signings of his pre-season.

“It’s exciting to be announcing our squad for the new season and we are thrilled to have Stotty returning.

“Most Importantly, it’s great to see her happy and healthy, but I also can’t wait to see her back on the pitch doing what she loves,” he said.

Stott was equally delighted to be returning to the highest level of Australian domestic football.

“The W-League is such an amazing league that I always have a great time playing in and I can’t wait to pull on a City shirt again,” she said.

“I have no doubt that I’ll be ready to go. It’s just a matter of making sure that I’m in the best possible physical area to be able to get my head down and get stuck in.”

This is not just a feel-good story. On the field, Stott could help sure up a defense that is missing Emma Checker from last season.

Previously peerless, Melbourne City is rebuilding in the absence of departed Matildas and Stott looks to be a great recruit. City conceded 23 goals last season and finished in the bottom three after going undefeated the previous campaign.

“Our squad this season will be a mix of experience and youth,” Visosic said.

“So to have a player of her quality and leadership back amongst the group will be a huge benefit as we look to improve on last season.”

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