23/04/2024

Margot Robinne joins Canberra United for the A-League Women 2021/22 season. (Photo: Bayside United Football Club/Facebook)

New Canberra United recruit Margot Robinne has already found herself seeing eye to eye with coach Vicki Linton, as a leader and coach herself.

New players have joined Canberra United from all sorts of places across the world.

Chinese Taipei, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, and the list goes on. The club has played host to 33 internationals, from across 13 nations around the globe.

New midfield recruit Margot Robinne is continuing to break new ground for the A-League Women.

When she signed with Melbourne City for the 2020/21 season, Robinne became the first French-born player to join the league.

It was a year of limited opportunity playing for the struggling side, making just two starts and facing an inconsistent place in the squad come the second half of the year.

Robinne forged a reputation as a dangerous, impactful substitute. She created a late, late chance in the 2-0 loss to Sydney FC, firing off a shot barely saved to the left of the net.

A move to Australia in 2017 has ultimately proved fruitful, after plying her trade in the NPLW Victoria and earning another A-League Women contract.

Coming to the land down under in the first place was almost a matter of happenstance after an ACL tear.

“I had a big injury, and I felt like I was at the end of something, and I started to coach, I started my coaching business,” Robinne told media on Tuesday.

“Soccer is my passion, I’ve been playing since I was a baby, six. I knew I had all these years in front of me and more to give. I played her and discovered something different, I discovered a new role for me.

“In France, when I started high level I was 15… I played alongside players that were over 30. I learned a lot, thanks to them; on the pitch, outside the pitch. The way I play now, the way I play in a group, I learned from all those years.

“I hope I can bring my experience and share my experience with the younger players.”

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With a number of young players already confirmed to be returning in United colours, Robinne adds depth to the leadership at Canberra.

2020/21 vice-captains Michelle Heyman and Grace Maher have both returned, while a question mark remains over the return of captain Kendall Fletcher.

A young brigade including Holly Caspers, Hayley Taylor-Young, Laura Hughes and Emma Ilijoski will be looking to the senior figures to guide them to finals once again.

Already a coach herself, Robinne knows what will be expected out of her as a veteran of the team.

“[Vicki Linton] knows that with all the players, they’re set up in their ways,” Robinne said.

“She needs to make sure if she recruits experienced players they fit in the team, in the culture that she wanted to build. We had conversations about what her expectations were for the younger ones and the more experienced players.

“It’s what helped me to make my decision to come to Canberra, because I think we share the same views and ideas with what she wants. I trust her in the process.

“I have no doubt it’ll be a great environment for me to develop as a player and I’m eager to earn the team, club and supporters respect through my hard work and determination.

“I’m very excited to discover a new environment and play with experienced players while being able to tap into my own experience to take on a leadership role with the younger ones.”

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