70. Caitlin Foord
After a spell with Sydney FC in Australia’s W-League during the winter, Foord set off for pastures new in Japan with Vegalta Sendai.
Several goals later and off the back of Vegalta’s best season in several years, Foord also had a strong year with the Matildas in what was a real breakout year for the national side.
Foord had a solid Tournament of Nations, scoring twice against Brazil, before scoring again against the same opposition in a friendly in September.
Still just 23, there’s time yet for Foord to really burst onto the scene at club level.
Alen Stajcic, Australia national team head coach says:
“Caitlin tried her hand out in Japan and she’s come back improved. She was always a fantastic, explosive, powerful player, but she’s really developed her technique over there. It’s good to see she’s worked another aspect of her game and she’s come back from Japan a better player than she was before.
“She’s so versatile for us, she can play all over the field and she’s become a very important player in our team.”
Elise Kellond-Knight, Australia team mate says:
“I think Caitlin is the fastest player in women’s football with the ball at her feet. She is ridiculously mobile and strong and can play in any corner of the field – right back, left back, right wing, left wing or even as a No.9. Her versatility gives the team flexibility and depth and she has been a key player for both her club in Japan and the Matildas.”
Chloe Logarzo, Australia team mate says:
“Caitlin, like only a few players in the world has an amazing talent her speed and ability to take on players and always be a danger and threat when she plays. Caitlin is only one piece to the puzzle of the Matildas but a very important one to say the least.”