Catley - Why I've followed Joe across the world

Steph Catley may have only played for Joe Montemurro for a short period, but he certainly left a lasting impressing.

The Australian duo worked together at Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, and our new defender is delighted to be reunited with our head coach in north London.

"In a sense I’m following him halfway across the world now," Catley told "For me, Joe’s just very good at player managing, so he really understands an individual for what they bring to a team, but also what their life is off the field and he really likes to harness that and get the most out of the person, as well as the player.

"I’ve always appreciated that about him and obviously I love his playing philosophy. It’s possession-based attacking football, so I’m really excited to work with him again.

"He told me a lot about the inner workings of the club and their philosophies, and obviously as I’ve already said, I’m aware of how his team’s like to play, so it didn’t take much to get me over the line.

"As I’ve said, it was more of timing thing, so based on the way they play and I’ve heard so many amazing things about the club as a whole, and it sounds like a club that’s really equal with their men’s and their women’s team, so it’s got everything that I’m looking for in a football club. I’m excited to come over."

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