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Ellyse Perry quits football club

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May 31, 2012

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Ellyse Perry bowled with pace and accuracy to help restrict India,  Australia Women v India Women, ICC Women's World Twenty20, 1st Semi-Final, St Lucia, May 13, 2010
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Ellyse Perry, the Australian allrounder, has quit her soccer club as she aims to continue playing both cricket and football at the elite level. Perry was told by Canberra United earlier this week that she needed to fully commit to the club, which would mean giving up cricket, or move on.

"I still want to pursue my goals of playing both cricket and football at the highest possible level and as such I feel it is important for me to explore avenues which enable me to do so," Perry said in a statement. "I thank Canberra United and its wonderful community for all their great support over the last three seasons and I wish everyone involved at the club the very best for the future and in defending the W-League title next season."

A dual international who has played in both cricket and soccer World Cups, Perry has successfully split her time between the sports for five years. However, she will need to find a new football club if that is to continue.

Earlier this year Melissa Barbieri, the captain of the Matildas, the Australia women's soccer team, said it was likely women's soccer coaches would begin to want their players "to be more professional, without having the professional means".

"A team won't pay their players a professional wage but they will expect them to be at training five nights a week and that contributes to the fact that they are getting better," Barbieri told Daily Life in February. "Girls are making sacrifices but it is for the good of the game, and those girls that have made those sacrifices are now getting contracts overseas and getting paid."

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Posted by Meety on (May 31, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Good onya Elise, hopefully you can still play both.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

As a Sydneysider she will more than likely sign with a club that plays on the east coast, Sydney or Central Coast.

Posted by Masud_BITK on (May 31, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

My expectation was correct as I said in my last posting here. Bravo Perry.

Posted by AngryAngy on (May 31, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

A lot of people will still remember the football careers of Max Walker and Simon O'Donnell. The game has definitely moved forward, but it's not necessarily a good thing to have lost this element of genuine amateurism.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Should sign for Adelaide United in the W-League. I'm sure we wont mind if she plays cricket also.

Posted by Heisenburg on (May 31, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Great job Ellyse Perry, you should be able to play both sports.

You play my two favourite sports and are extremely attractive, I LOVE YOU!

Posted by Nuxxy on (May 31, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Go Ellyse! They obviously don't realize what a special talent you are.

Posted by farkin on (May 31, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

but them girls getting a contract over seas there clubs are expecting to get a rack-off from them overseas contracts .

well done Ellyse Perry its your sporting life and you believe you can do both sports and i say go for it

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