24/05/2024

Rhianna Pollicina. (Image: W-League/Twitter)

Melbourne City has added experience and skill to its line-up, signing the creative Rhianna Pollicina for the 2021-22 season as the squad starts to take shape.

Melbourne City has further bolstered their attack with the addition of playmaker Rhianna Pollicina.

The crafty creator joins from the Newcastle Jets where she played in 13 games. She will help fill the shoes of Alex Chidiac and support new striker Hannah Wilkinson.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Rhianna to the Club this season,” head coach Rado Visosic said.

“She’s a competitive midfielder and strong with both feet. I expect her to fit well into our playing style and play an important role for us.”

Pollicina is a futsal superstar in NSW and a former Junior Matilda. In 2019 she became the first player to score over 100 goals in the top tier indoor competition, the first woman to do so.

Her ability to carry the ball through the midfield and dribble past defenders will make her an asset to City’s attack.

The 24-year-old scored twice last season. Her goal against her new crosstown rivals was a finish of the highest quality.

Running onto a long ball from defence, Pollicina had the awareness and the skill to clip the ball over Gaby Garton to score against Melbourne Victory.  The quality of the finish earned her the Goal Of The Week for round seven. 

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Her other goal of the season came off her left foot following impressive interplay with Tara Andrews and Lauren Allan.

The move began with Pollicina collecting the ball with her back to goal and running onto a low cross to finish with one touch.

The departure of Hollie Palmer to Brisbane and Chidiac to Japan left City missing two of its most consistent performers from last season.

Similar to both players, Pollicina can operate deep in midfield or further forward as part of the attack. Her consistency last season was recognised with Newcastle’s Player Of The Year award.

City fans that endured an uncharacteristically tough last season should be excited at the prospect of their new signing. She brings goals, competitiveness, and an X-factor that every side needs.

“I’ve heard great things about City and how professional the environment is at the club,” Pollicina said.

“I’m looking forward to getting over to Melbourne and meeting all the girls. Hopefully, I can score a few goals and excite the fans this season.” 

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