The latest addition to the Mariners women’s A-League squad is goalkeeper Casey Dumont, who started her career with Brisbane Roar back in the inaugural season of the competition.
Making her debut just one year later at 16, Dumont went on to make 44 appearances for the Queensland outfit, winning one premiership and two championships.
From there she made her way to Sydney FC, playing 20 times for the Sky Blues.
During her time at the club, Dumont was first selected to become a Matilda, making three appearances for the senior national team.
Following a brief stint with Western Sydney, the goalkeeper became a staple at Melbourne Victory, featuring 71 times over six seasons.
As she continued to prove to be one of the top keepers in the entire Liberty A-League competition, Dumont won almost everything on offer.
From premierships to championships, the goalkeeper regularly played a key role in securing silverware.
Dumont had a standout 2021/22 season, being named both Goalkeeper of the Year and the Grand Final Player of the Match.
After another strong season in Melbourne and having recently completed her first campaign in the AFLW competition with Hawthorn Football Club, Dumont, 31, joins the Central Coast Mariners in their first season back in the Liberty A-League competition.
“I am super excited to be joining the Mariners this season,” she said.
“There is so much footballing talent in this team and on the Coast, so it is great to be a part of this squad.
“I would like to thank the Mariners for being open to allowing me to continue to be a dual-sport athlete, playing both AFL and football.
“They have been working with Hawthorn the whole time to prepare for me to join the club once the AFL season finished, keeping in contact regularly with me.
“I have already felt a fantastic vibe around the club.
“They are very family oriented; their focus is on making sure that we are all happy which results in the best performances.
“At the end of the day, who doesn’t love the beautiful Central Coast?
“It was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.”
Coach Emily Husband said she was thrilled to have someone of Dumont’s experience and talent in the squad.
“Casey is going to make a massive difference for us, not only on the field but also off it,” she said.
“She has come in and immediately inserted herself into the group, it is amazing to have her in the team.
“She brings a wealth of experience and elevates the competition in the squad.
“We always intended to have Casey join the team once the AFLW season concluded, having spoken to her when we began to form the team.
“We are pleased to have her on the Central Coast and are excited to see what she can bring for us this season.”