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Goalkeeper Keeley Richards named Canberra United’s sixth signing The Canberra Times

Goalkeeper Keeley Richards named Canberra United’s sixth signing  The Canberra Times

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Goalkeeper Keeley Richards has earned a place in the green again, having signed again for Canberra United after making his W-League debut last season. The 26-year-old managed three clean sheets between the posts in the 2020-22 season, following her debut in round five after starting goalkeeper Sally James sustained an injury. Richards has had her own injury concerns over the course of her career, forcing her to undergo four surgeries after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament twice and undergoing a meniscus repair. She spent the low season with Logan United at the Queensland NPLW, where she has played more than 100 appearances over five seasons. Richards said it was an easy decision to return to Canberra for her second W-League campaign, and she was determined to help the side go one better than last year’s semi-final defeat. “The experience last year was incredible and the opportunity to continue working with and learning from Chantel Jones and Vicki Linton was something I jumped at,” she said. “The culture of the club is like no other team I have been involved in, and it is a privilege to be a part of it again.” It was hard to be knocked out in the semi-finals last year, it would be great to be able to take it a step further this season. “MORE CANBERRA SPORT Richards is the first goalkeeper to be announced for the squad, marking the sixth signing for United behind Grace Maher, Michelle Heyman, Emma Ilijoski, Laura Hughes and Allira Toby. Head coach Vicki Linton said she was looking forward to see what Richards could do in his second season in green. “It’s good to have Keeley back,” Vicki said. “After debuting last season, I’m sure she will be eager to get back to environment, continue to develop and learn and build on her achievements from last year. “

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