Matildas star leaving Sydney FC

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Matildas star Cortnee Vine is heading to the United States to continue her career. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Matildas star Cortnee Vine is leaving Sydney FC to play in America’s National Women’s Soccer League.

Vine, 26, has spent the past four seasons with the Sky Blues, making 65 appearances and scoring 30 goals.

“The last four years at Sydney FC have had a life-changing impact on me and I’m extremely thankful to everyone at the club,” said Vine, who is part of the Matildas squad competing at the upcoming Olympic Games.

“Sydney FC has given me the platform to achieve my goals, enjoy a lot of success and move on to the next stage of my career.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities I’ve had as a Sydney FC player and one day I would love to return to Sky Blue.”

Cortnee Vine is leaving Sydney FC. Picture: Martin KEEP / AFP
Cortnee Vine is leaving Sydney FC. Picture: Martin KEEP / AFP

Also leaving the Sydneysiders for the NWSL is 24-year-old defender Charlotte McLean.

“I will never forget the experience and development I’ve undergone at Sydney FC,” McLean said.

“It has been a wonderful and incredibly successful last four seasons, built on a winning mentality and a fantastic team culture.

“Sydney FC has given me the chance to fulfil many of my sporting dreams and helped open a pathway to my next challenge.”

Sky Blues women’s coach Ante Juric said: “It is sad to see Charlotte and Cortnee leave the club, but I am extremely proud of them and wish them all the best in the USA.

“They are excellent players and more importantly great people. I will miss them.”

Which NWSL clubs the pair play for is yet to be announced.