JOINT STATEMENT – Canberra United FC & Ellyse Perry

Canberra United and Ellyse Perry wish to clarify the situation regarding negotiations between the club and the player about her prospective re-signing ahead of Westfield W-League Season 5.

Canberra United and Ellyse Perry wish to clarify the situation regarding negotiations between the club and the player about her prospective re-signing ahead of Westfield W-League Season 5.

The circumstances with Ellyse and her availability for the club have been evident since December 2011 when Ellyse indicated that she was unavailable to complete the 2011/12 season with Canberra United in which the full-back started in six of the twelve matches.

Canberra United CEO Heather Reid clarified the club-s position in this regard.

“The club is simply asking for a commitment from Ellyse that is equal to the rest of the squad. This means she needs to be available to train in Canberra four times a week and be part of the total club environment,” Reid commented. “This is no different to our other interstate players such as Hayley Raso, Caitlin Cooper and Michelle Heyman who make Canberra their home for the duration of the Westfield W-League season. This is crucial for the development, morale and strategy implemented by the club.

“Canberra United has total admiration for Ellyse Perry and what she has achieved and we-d like nothing more than to see her re-sign for the club for Westfield W-League Season 5 in 2012/13 but it now seems that is unlikely.”

Perry, who joined the club for the 2009 season after being released by the Central Coast Mariners and has played 25 times for Canberra in three seasons scoring two goals, echoed Reid-s comments.

''I've been very fortunate to be involved with Canberra United for the last three W-League seasons and I am truly grateful for the opportunity the club has provided to play and be involved in a game that I love. The changes that the club have taken and the new direction and philosophy the coach, Jitka Klimkova, has about how the team needs to be run is one that I totally respect and understand. However, I still want to pursue my goals of playing both cricket and football at the highest possible level and as such I feel it is important for me to explore avenues which enable me to do so.

“I thank Canberra United and its wonderful community for all their great support over the last three seasons and I wish everyone involved at the club the very best for the future and in defending the W-League title next season.”

And whilst it appears that Perry will no longer be seen in green, Heather Reid was supportive of the talented athlete.

“Ellyse has the full support of Canberra United and there is no animosity or ill-feeling from either party. We will actively help Ellyse in her pursuit of another club,” Reid said.

PLAYER PROFILE Name: Ellyse Perry (#16) Position: Defender Date of Birth: 3 November 1990 Place of Birth: Wahroonga, NSW Clubs: Central Coast Mariners (3 appearances) Representative Honours: NSWIS, Westfield Young Matildas (under-20), Westfield Matildas Matildas: 18 appearances (debut: 04/08/07 v Hong Kong (Hong Kong) W 8-1) Goals: 3 (Hong Kong - 04/08/07, South Korea - 31/05/08, Sweden—10/07/11) Young Matildas: 3 appearances (debut: 30/09/07 v China (Chengdu, China) D 0-0 - sub) Canberra United Debut: 03/10/09 v Brisbane Roar (away) L 0-3 Canberra United Appearances: 24(1) - (2009: 10 apps, 1 goal, 2010/11: 8 apps, 1 goal, 2011/12: 6(1) apps) Goals: 2 (Adelaide United—05/12/09, Brisbane Roar—13/11/10)