Jaclyn Sawicki is ready to light up the competition for the second straight season. (Photo by YouTube- @Western United)

Philippines World Cup midfielder Jacyln Sawicki has decided to re-sign with Western United for her second Liberty A-League women’s season.

After becoming the second international player to join the new franchise last season, Sawicki returns to the club in which she appeared in 14 matches. Playing in the midfield, she was an instrumental piece in helping guide the club to the 2022-23 Grand Final but would unfortunately finish as runners-up, losing to Sydney FC 4-0.

Despite being one of the older members of the squad at the age of 30, her contract extension will allow Sawicki to help mentor the younger players at the club who have come through the NPLW Victoria system.

Although she started in all three games for the Philippines during the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign and played a large role for her nation, her international debut actually came in 2011 for Canada. Making six appearances for Canada’s U20 side, she made her senior international debut against the United States, coming on as a late 90th-minute substitution.

“I am extremely excited and grateful to be part of another season with Western United,” she said.

“Given the results from our first season, we are naturally going to set high expectations for ourselves going into season two and I think the girls are going to come in determined to push for even more.

“It looks like we have added some great additions to our side so I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do as a collective for this Club this year.”

Due to the strong midfield Western United has, she will have to contend with the likes of Matilda Chloe Logarzo, Brazilian Adriana, Melissa Taranto and Emma Robers for a starting spot.

However, she has shown in the past during stints with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Victoria Highlanders Chifure AS Elfen Saitama and Assi she can make an immediate impact as a substitute in limited minutes on the pitch.

As Sawicki gets ready to take the field in the coming weeks, the former U20 Canadian Player of the Year nominee will be hoping that she can remain fit after injury derailed the first part of her season in 2022-23.

Jacyln Sawicki playing for her first professional team- the Vancouver Whitecaps. (Photo by Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

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Speaking on her re-signing with the club, Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato praised her ability and revealed that she is a role model both off and on the field.

“Jackie has been a major part in setting the standards of our women’s program and after her success at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, we are delighted to have extended her contract for another season,” he said.

“Jackie will continue to be a role model for our fans and a key driver of our team’s culture as we continue to build on last season’s incredible Liberty A-League campaign.”

Western United 2023-24 Contracted Players

Hannah Keane, Chloe Logarzo, Kahli Johnson, Catherine Zimmerman, Grace Maher, Alana Cerne, Adriana Taranto, Melissa Taranto, Nathasha Dakic, Alyssa Dall’Oste, Silver Bell Morris, Keiwa Hieda, Emma Robers, Stacey Papadopoulos, Julia Sardo, Tyla Jay Vlajnic, Jaclyn Sawicki

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