Bristol City manager Tanya Oxtoby has started her summer recruitment drive with the signing of Australian midfielder Ella Mastrantonio according to reports on The Robins’ official website.
Mastrantonio joins the South West club from Western Sydney Wanderers and has previously worked with Bristol City boss Oxtoby during her time both as a player and as an assistant manager at Perth Glory. The midfielder has also made six appearances thus far for the Australian national team and has featured over 100 times whilst playing in the W-League.
Mastrantonio had nothing but glowing words to say about her new club and her new league following today’s announcement of her arrival at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.
“It’s an honour, privilege and a dream come true to sign for such a prestigious club as Bristol City and coming to one of, if not the best league in the world” said the midfielder.
“I’m so excited to be able to work with Tanya again after spending my formative years as a footballer together in Western Australia and to now be working with each other in the WSL is just incredible.
“Women’s football is absolutely skyrocketing in Europe, and especially the UK, so what better way to challenge yourself to become a better person and player than playing with and coming up against the best of the best.
“I can’t thank Tanya and Bristol City enough for giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started to hopefully bring success to the club.”
Mastrantonio is likely to have been brought in as a like-for-like replacement for players such as Jeon Ga-Eul and Olivia Chance, both of whom have left Bristol City this summer.
The Robins narrowly avoided relegation last season and they could again find 2020/2021 tough as the Barclays FA Women’s Super League gets ever-stronger. With a handful of players having left the club this summer, we can expect more incoming deals to be completed by Oxtoby before the window is closed.