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Melbourne City FC has signed Emina Ekic on a two-year deal, returning to the club after serving as a loan player from November 2022 to mid-February.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international arrives from Racing Louisville FC in the National Women’s Soccer League (NSWL), as her previous loan at City was cut short due to an ankle injury.

In a hope to return to the field this weekend wearing a light blue guernsey, Ekic said she’s excited to step out for City again and get back to business.

“My time in Melbourne was beyond enjoyable both on and off the pitch last season,” she said.

“The girls and staff were all very welcoming and helped me get adjusted very quickly.

“Playing for City was honestly some of my favourite football in my career. Not only do I think the style of play suits me perfectly, but I loved the team camaraderie. 

“I’m excited to be a part of everything that Melbourne City embodies. Not only was the football great last season, but I really enjoyed how involved the club was within it’s community and giving back.” 

Ekic received her first senior call up for Bosnia and Herzegovina earlier this year, after representing the United States at an under 23 level in 2019.

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Head Coach Dario Vidosic wanted to bring Ekic back into the squad to spark their forward line and prove the journey was worth it, pleased to see her return after a devastating end to her last campaign with the club.

“She’s a fantastic footballer and she’s one that I was very keen to bring back, and it just shows how well we’re doing things,” Vidosic said.

“She’s willing to leave a top competition to come here and to continue her career.

“While it was a disappointing way for her time here to end last season, she couldn’t have impressed us more with how she conducted herself both on and off the pitch. 

“She will be a key part of our squad for the remainder of the season and we can’t wait to see her back on the pitch for us very soon.”

Reflecting on last week’s draw against Western United, Vidosic said the performance could have been more clinical and they could have punished their opponent better.

“I think we just went away a little bit from what we wanted to do,” he said.

“I think we could have hurt them a lot more than what we did, we gave away too sloppy goals. But general performance especially the second half.”

Melbourne City will face off against the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on Sunday night.

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