Adelaide City has bolstered their defence with the resigning of Grace Abbey, ahead of the 2019 edition of the Women’s National Premier League.
Abbey was a crucial part of City’s defence last season in their bid to secure back-to-back Championship, and even came away with Player of the Match in the grand final win against long-time rivals Metro United.
“Coming out of a bit of an injury spell last year with [Adelaide] United, I was definitely really excited for the season. It was great to have played more minutes in the WNPL and being a part of such an amazing group.”
“Winning the final and being Player of the Match were things I was obviously happy about, but I wouldn’t have done all those things without the team.”
“I found that it was a bit weird pinpointing a player in the final, as I felt that we all had an amazing game because we just played as a team, and our work rate throughout the whole game was insane.”
Unfortunately, Abbey sustained a knee injury during her time with Adelaide United in the offseason which confined her to the sidelines for the past few months. However, she reassures that recovery has been tracking well.
“There are a few things that I need to consider moving forward, in terms of rehab and sorting out my body. My knee has pulled up sore with running and the like. So, I’ve been trying to take each day as it comes.”
“With all my previous injuries, I’m starting to realise what my body can and can’t do. Once I get the green light, I think it would just be a matter of making sure I do things properly, like listening to my body a little bit better, and not pushing it at a hundred percent straight away; slowly building it a bit more and understanding that even though I can give more, it’s about sustaining it [that’s important].”
Albeit all of this, Abbey is looking forward to being back around the City squad the most.
“The thing I’m most excited about [this season] is the team environment and being around these girls. It’s something that I’ve missed since last season, and I can’t wait to get back with them.”
By Chloe Lau