Gators stalwart returns home for 2021 NPLW season

By Juniors Editor on

The Gap FC is proud to see a loyal club legend, Zali Eason-Coutts, progress through the ranks and secure a place in the 2021 Senior NPLW squad.

A familiar face at Walton Bridge Reserve, Eason-Coutts has represented the gold and purple for more than a decade, first joining the club in 2006 with the U8s. Progressing through the junior ranks, Eason-Coutts made her BWPL debut playing for the Reserves in 2014. Following a successful season, she stepped up into the U20 and Senior squads the following year, before securing her place in the Gap NPLW Senior squad from 2016-2019.

Her success saw her switch to Mitchelton FC for the 2020 season where she made 12 appearances and netted two goals.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to The Gap where I know I will grow and develop as a player,” Eason-Coutts said.

"I am excited to play with both new and familiar faces and play under such an experienced and knowledgeable coach. I cannot wait to see what the 2021 season holds.”

Having loyal club players like Eason-Coutts is part of a long-term strategy for newly-appointed Gap FC Technical Director and Head Coach Mick Gallo.

“Developing and retaining players from junior to senior level is what makes clubs great, and it’s something I plan to build on in the years to come,” Gallo said.

“I had the opportunity to watch Zali on multiple occasions in the 2020 season and made it a priority to get her back to the club that raised and developed her. She’s an experienced and talented player that leads from the front and has shown that she is one of the hardest workers at the club and continues to lead by example.

"As we add to our young, talented, and hungry squad to represent the club, Zali brings toughness on the pitch, but more importantly she fits the culture that we want to take forward on and off the pitch.”

The Gap FC welcomes Zali to the family and wishes her all the best for the 2021 season.

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