'Maritz is a player we were very blessed to get'

Noelle Maritz

In Noelle Maritz, Joe Montemurro knows he has an experienced defender capable of performing at the highest level.

Our new Swiss arrival won five Bundesliga, six DFB-Pokals and the Women's Champions League during her time with Wolfsburg.

But aside from the trophies, what was it that drew Montemurro to Maritz in the first place?

"Defensive positioning when we have the ball is is a big thing for us because it doesn't take much to lose the ball," he said. "And then you're in a transition moment.

"So she's very, very, very, very good, as is Leah Williamson, as is Jen Beattie, as is Steph Catley, at identifying when there is a possible transition. And I would have to say that I'm very excited, especially with a top three of PSG, they are a transition over the top team and can hurt you, that we have those those elements to neutralise that area.

"So, you know, she’s very, very good at those areas. And she's been at a top club for many, many years. And the other big tick is that she's comfortable on the left or the right so you know it was a player we targeted and a player we were very blessed to get."

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