New Zealand international Rebekah Stott will return to the W-League with Melbourne City after overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Stott was diagnosed in February and left English’s Women’s Super League club Brighton & Hove Albion to return to Australia for treatment.
The 28-year-old announced she was in complete remission last month and returned to football with NPLW club Bulleen Lions.
“It’s an incredible feeling for me to have football back and I definitely didn’t realise how much I’d missed it until I got back on the pitch,” Stott said in a statement.
“Dr. Nick (City’s club doctor) has been with me from the very first appointment to the last and the club has always been behind me and supported me, so it’s great to be back.”
An experienced defender with 71 caps and four goals for the Football Ferns, Stott has won four W-League championships and two premierships at City from 2015-2020 and a championship with Brisbane Roar in 2010-11.
Stott is City’s equal-record games holder with 62 games, alongside Steph Catley, and is set to hold that honour outright when the new season kicks off in November.
“We are thrilled to have Stotty returning,” coach Rado Vidosic said.
“Most importantly, it’s great to see her happy and healthy, but I also can’t wait to see her back on the pitch doing what she loves.
“Our squad this season will be a mix of experience and youth so to have a player of her quality and leadership back amongst the group will be a huge benefit as we look to improve on last season.”