Defender McCormick returns to Reds ALW

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Fringe Matildas defender Jenna McCormick has returned to Adelaide United to bolster their defence for the coming A-League Women season.

McCormick, who has four Matildas caps since her 2019 debut against Chile, is set for a third stint at Adelaide, having previously scored one goal in 38 appearances between 2012-15 and 2017-18.

Adelaide earned their maiden finals appearance last season and McCormick, who has also played for Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Brisbane and Canberra across her 96 ALW games, adds experience to their defence.

"This team has become extremely competitive over the last few seasons and you can see a real togetherness within the squad, which is something I'm looking forward to being part of," McCormick said in a statement.

"Adrian (Stenta) is an excellent coach who encourages an attractive style of football, and I believe we have a great squad that can seriously challenge for the title this season."

The 28-year-old has played in Iceland, Norway, Spain and Denmark for Stjarnan, Medkila, Real Betis and Aarhus Gymnastik Forening (AGF) respectively.

She also previously juggled her football commitments with Australian Rules, winning two AFLW premierships with Adelaide in 2017 and 2019.

Elsewhere, Sydney FC have re-signed most of last season's premiership-winning team, along with coach Ante Juric.

Skipper Natalie Tobin, Matildas Princess Ibini and Rachel Lowe and recent call-up Mackenzie Hawkesby have all re-committed.

Young Matildas Sarah Hunter and Charlie Rule and defender Charlotte Mclean are also staying put.

The Sky Blues have re-signed several youngsters while poaching Kirsty Fenton (Newcastle) and Deborah Anne De La Harpe (Perth).

Among the newcomers is Anika Stajcic, daughter of former Matildas and Sydney FC coach and current Philippines mentor Alen Stajcic, who has signed a scholarship contract.

"I'm delighted with the players we have signed so far and we'll be adding some more quality in the coming weeks which I believe will give us a great chance at silverware again," Juric said in a statement.

"We've managed to keep the core of our successful team from the past two seasons and are in talks with a number of others to return.

"The new players are fantastic additions and will bring more youth and exuberance to our play which I'm excited to see."

Earlier on Tuesday, newcomers Western United announced the signing of Matildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo on a three-month loan deal.