Ian Foster’s daughter one of four new Phoenix scholarship players

Wellington Phoenix have added four more Kiwis to their women’s squad, including the daughter of All Blacks manager Ian Foster.

Michaela Foster joins Te Reremoana Walker, Charlotte Lancaster and Georgia Candy as stock market players for the upcoming season which kicks off next month.

Head coach Natalie Lawrence said she was delighted to give more young New Zealand footballers a chance to prove themselves on the professional stage.

“So we can bring in more Kiwis and give them that taste of professional football and what it might look and feel like in training, and the different level of intensity of the game is just going to get them started,” Lawrence said. .

“There will be opportunities for all players on the team, including scholarship players, to raise their hands to be part of the team.”

Foster, 23, joins the team as a former New Zealand age-class representative, having captained the Young Football Ferns at the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan .

“Mickey is someone we’ve been watching for about a year,” Lawrence said. “She came and played a few games for us in Auckland, and every weekend I watch domestic league games and she’s been a performer throughout the season.

“She can play any position on the pitch, she can use both feet and she was captain of the New Zealand women’s under-17 team, so she understands high performance.

“Being able to offer her a scholarship gives her the opportunity to see if she can really get started with her football. It’s quite exciting that we can do this for her, and she’s well deserved it.”

Foster and goalkeeper Candy are new to the squad while Walker and Lancaster, who both recently represented New Zealand at the Under-20 World Cup, have returned to the Wellington club since last season.

Charlotte Lancaster celebrates after scoring against Colombia at the Under-20 World Cup.

“Charlotte showed at the Under-20 World Cup that she has an incredible impact when she arrives,” Lawrence said. “She has a nice left foot. She can shoot and score from anywhere.

“We wanted to give her an opportunity again and see if we could continue to make her the player we know she can be.”

Lawrence noted that the 18-year-old Walker was on a full-time contract with the team last season before returning this year as a scholarship player.

“She doesn’t see it as a demotion,” Lawrence said. “She sees this as another opportunity to gain more experience in professional football. That’s the kind of attitude we want, and we’re really pleased with the way she’s handling the move to a scholarship. .

“She has a very bright future. She’s different from a lot of players. She’s incredibly technical and can play in multiple positions.”

The four scholarship players bring the Phoenix women’s team to 20, with two potential spots up for grabs.

The women are in their first week of pre-season training, with their historic opener in Wellington against Melbourne City on Sunday November 20.

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