Matildas young gun Amy Sayer announces contract extension as ACL recovery continues

Matildas young gun Amy Sayer has opted to sign a contract extension with her Swedish club as she continues to recover from ACL surgery.

The 22-year-old suffered the heartbreak of missing out on a likely Olympic debut at Paris 2024 when she was injured eight weeks ago.

The blow came just as Sayer solidified her place in the Australian team since falling short of last year’s World Cup squad.

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But she now has certainty in her career to push on and rebuild her career for club and country.

Sayer was injured just weeks into Kristianstads’ 2024 season, which runs until November, and has already inked a deal to remain at the club for the 2025 campaign.

Kristianstads said it was a “smooth” negotiation process, with Sayer keen to stick around and her coaches counting down the days until she is available again.

“I have loved my time at KDFF so far and being part of this family made it an easy decision to renew my contract for another year,” Sayer said in the club statement.

“The support I have received from the team, coaches, medical staff, and the entire KDFF community when I got injured is unparalleled and only reinforced my decision to stay.

“I can’t wait to come back stronger than ever for next season.”

Sayer has remained in Sweden since undergoing surgery, with Matildas teammates offering support from a distance.

She joined Kristianstads in August 2023 following a stint in the US college system after she had already played professionally in Australia.

“During her year with us Amy has proven to be the person and player we wanted,” club boss Lovisa Strom said.

“I am very pleased that we have already been able to get a contract extension.

“I hope Amy’s rehab after the knee operation goes according to plan and that we have Amy ready to play again when the season starts next year.”

One of the last cut from the Matildas’ World Cup squad last year, Sayer quickly returned to the fold for the Olympic qualifying campaign.

Her importance only grew when star captain Sam Kerr suffered an ACL injury in January.

The following month, Sayer scored her first goal in Matildas colours in a 10-0 win over Uzbekistan that sealed the team’s ticket to Paris 2024.

Sayer had cemented her place in the rotation before the injury.
Sayer had cemented her place in the rotation before the injury. Credit: James Worsfold/Getty Images

Her own ACL injury just three months later proved a cruel blow.

“Since returning to the national team set up in late 2022, Amy has been a positive addition to our team with her attitude and work ethic on and off the pitch,” Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson said at the time.

“To have suffered this setback is an upsetting blow for Amy and for our Matildas family.

“As always for us, our priority will be on supporting Amy and ensuring she is provided with care and assistance as she needs to navigate this challenging time.”

Sayer’s contract extension comes just days after Matildas veteran Hayley Raso was released by Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Raso, 29, is on the hunt for a third club in less than 18 months.

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