Canberra United will be without the services of Matilda Michelle Heyman next W-League season, after the official announcement that the W-League legend would be departing the nation’s capital after eight seasons.
The W-League’s all-time leading goal scorer has become a fixture in the green of Canberra since her arrival at the club in 2010, making 93 appearances for the club and scoring 51 times.
Heyman won Premierships with Canberra in the 11/12, 13/14 and 16/17 seasons and the W-League championship with the club in 11/12 and 14’, becoming the face of football in Canberra thanks to her abilities on the field and social advocacy for causes such as homelessness and LGBTQI rights – crowned the sports personality of the year at the first Australian LGBTI awards in 2017.
Heyman has represented Australia 60 times in her international career, netting 20 goals for the Matildas in those appearances.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that 30-year-old Heyman will be moving North to Sydney to be closer to partner May Yousif, with the attacker linked in recent times with Western Sydney Wanderers.
“I am leaving Canberra United with an extremely heavy heart,” Heyman said following news breaking of her departure.
“The city and the club have been my home for so long and I will forever be in debt for both of these for shaping me as a player and also as a person.
“I would especially like to thank Heather Reid for her tireless work both for Canberra United but also for women in sport more broadly. I want to also thank the amazing CU supporters – they made me feel so welcomed and loved.
“Playing at McKellar Park with the sun on my back in front of our loyal fans was always my happy place – it will be hard to do it in different colours however I hope you understand my decision to leave.
“To all of the other teammates and coaches over the journey, I thank you and I promise I will never forget you.”
Canberra finished fifth in Head Coach Heather Garriock’s first season in charge of the club in 17/18, four points behind fourth-placed finishers and eventual champions Melbourne City.