Australia Women news May 31, 2012

Ellyse Perry quits football club

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Andrew on May 31, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Good onya Elise, hopefully you can still play both.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Masud on May 31, 2012, 9:48 GMT

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

  • Angry 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Daniel 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!

  • Ross on May 31, 2012, 7:04 GMT

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

  • far 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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