19/05/2024

Leticia McKenna with Perth Glory. Image: @PerthGloryFC

Leticia McKenna will bering quality and experience to Melbourne City's midfield this season.

Leticia McKenna might be just 19 years old but the creative midfielder will bring big-game experience to a new look Melbourne City.

McKenna has been signed to Rado Vidosic’s side on a two-year deal having spent last season at Brisbane Roar. Now at her third club, the Young Matilda will be expected to make a big impact in City’s resurgence.

“We’re very excited to have Leticia join us for the next two years,” Vidosic said.

“She’s a very determined young player who already has lots of experience at the level.”

In her still burgeoning career, McKenna has made 37 appearances at senior level in the A-League Women’s.  In a City side featuring many players new to the league and top-level Australian football, she will be a valuable asset to the squad.

“Leticia will provide creativity in the front third and is a hard-working player both in and out of possession,” continued Vidosic.

“We see her suiting the City style of play perfectly and expect her to play a big role for us this season.”

McKenna joins a growing brigade of young future stars at City. They had already added Holly McNamara (18) and Caitlin Karic (15) to their attack before she was announced.

One of her midfield partners will be another teenager Darcey Malone. Despite Mckenna’s youth, she could be one of the senior players in the center of the pitch

City also boasts New Zealand striker Hannah Wilkinson and former Newcastle playmaker Rhianna Pollicina among their attacking options.

Wilkinson is an international footballer but new to the Australian league. Pollicina’s undeniable skill has yet to be rewarded with team success.

On the back of strong seasons at Perth and Brisbane, McKenna could be the key if they make the finals.

McKenna has played in a Grand Final with Peth Glory in 2019 and reached a semi-final with The Roar last season.  Melbourne City is bursting with quality, but Leticia McKenna has had the big moments in big games.

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In her debut season, she scored in her first appearance. With Perth Glory trailing by two goals with less than five minutes to play she launched a confident strike from 18 yards.  The spectacular goal brought Perth back into the contest and announced a new talent to the game.

Her final match of the 2018/2019 season might be one of her most impressive. Still aged just 17, she stepped up in an epic semi-final. McKenna assisted two of Sam Kerr’s goals to give Glory a 4-2 win and a Grand Final appearance.

In a detail that will please fans of her new club, the team whose hearts she help break was Melbourne Victory.

Mckenna evolved even further as a footballer at Brisbane Roar. In the absence of Matilda star Katrina Gorry, she developed into a hard-working midfielder. Adding more grit to her unquestionable abilities.

Melbourne City is getting a technically proficient, hard-running midfielder who can score and set up goals. She already has experience playing alongside some of the best players Australia has produced and is excited for the next step in her career.

“I want to be challenged and continue to be pushed out of my comfort zone, I feel City is going to give me that,” said McKenna.

“I am really excited to work with Rado and the potential of what we can achieve for the fans and ourselves this season.”

As the picture of Melbourne City’s lineup emerges, they look to be an exciting prospect. They have depth and experience in defense and freshness and raw talent in attack.

Linking the two groups is Leticia McKenna. A rising star who has shown so much quality already and is ready to deliver more.

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