City complete ‘one of biggest signings in Scottish game’

Glasgow City have signed 170-times capped South African Janine van Wyk.

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Glasgow City have announced the signing of South African defender Janine van Wyk, saying it is one of “the biggest ever” signings in Scottish women’s football.

Van Wyk is South Africa’s most capped player of all-time, having played for her country 170 times and competing in two Olympic games and at the last World Cup.

She told City’s website: “I am extremely excited to start this new chapter in my football career with a football club that is known to be the best team in the Scottish top League.

“I look forward to playing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, win titles and most importantly continue to learn as much as I can about the insights of the game and hopefully add value to the squad with the experience I carry.” 

The centre-back was available after leaving Fortuna Hjorring in January.

The 33-year-old becomes City’s third signing of the summer, following the addition of striker Krystyna Freda and full-back Zaneta Wyne.

Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring Janine van Wyk to our club. She has incredible experience and I feel this will be key for us this season. 

“Janine captained her nation at the 2019 World Cup and is their record cap holder. I know that she will 100% lead by example and fit in to our already talented squad.”

City club manager Laura Montgomery added: “If we are talking about players who are known across the world, Janine is in that category. Her record is incredible on and off the pitch in what she has done for girls and women’s sport in her own country as well as in her promotion of equality.

“Her jersey is on display at the FIFA Museum next to the other top female players in the world, this is the calibre of player and individual that she is.

“At Glasgow City, we are all about championing women and girls and Janine very much fits into that mould. Her footballing CV is very impressive and we are delighted she has chosen to continue her journey with our club.”

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