The Central Coast Mariners are delighted to announce the signing of forward Shadeene Evans for the upcoming A-League Women’s season.
The 22-year-old joins the club from current A-League Women’s champions Sydney FC, having spent the past 12 months with the side. Prior to this, Evans spent time at Adelaide United, as well as another stint with the Sky Blues.
Born in Borroloola in the Northern Territory, Evans joined up with the Football NSW Institute and Westfield Sports High as a 14-year-old on the recommendation of former Mariners Head Coach Alen Stajcic.
The forward got her first taste of A-League Women’s football after signing with Sydney FC on a scholarship in 2018, before making her league debut against Western Sydney in January 2019. She scored her first goal later that year against Melbourne Victory.
Evans spent a season in South Australia where she appeared for Adelaide United on seven occasions, before returning for another season with the Sky Blues.
Having played under Mariners Assistant Coach Jake Stephenson at Northern Tigers for a number of seasons, Evans has been a regular performer in the NSW NPL Women’s First Grade competition.
The 22-year-old, who has featured for both the Under 17’s and Under 20’s Australian Youth squads, now joins the Central Coast Mariners in the hunt for a new challenge.
“I am super excited to be a Mariner this season. With the Central Coast returning into the A-League Women’s competition, it is a great chance to come into a new team and help to create a legacy with the club,” Evans said.
“I know a lot of the girls in the team which is nice as well. I’m excited to be able to work with Emily, play in front of the Mariners fans and get started this season.”
Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Emily Husband is excited to have the youngster on board, seeing her as an extremely valuable addition.
“Shay has already had a few seasons’ experience in the A-League competition, so I am super excited to have her with the Mariners this campaign. She brings great energy and demands that her teammates are always putting everything they have into anything,” she said.
“She is still very young and has good ability off both feet, so she will be a really good addition and forward for us this season.”