W-League: Rhali Dobson set to play for defending champions Melbourne City

NEW BEGINNING: Rhali Dobson will play for Melbourne City. Picture: Dion Fountas
NEW BEGINNING: Rhali Dobson will play for Melbourne City. Picture: Dion Fountas

When told she was not going to be re-signed for the upcoming W-League season Rhali Dobson instead turned her focus to renovating.

That was until a call came out of the blue offering her a contract to play with defending champions Melbourne City.

Now, the 25-year-old striker with speed to burn is giving everything to “be the best player I can be”.

“I had decided I was going to renovate my house and have a season off with my partner Matt [Stonham] and like typical Rhali fashion things never go to plan and everything happens at once,” Dobson said.

“When I got the phone call, I hung up and I walked out into the lounge room where  Matt was and our two best friends and I just started crying and said, ‘Melbourne City want me’.

“Matt threw me over his shoulder and he was running around the house with me … I was just sobbing because I’d already made up my mind that I was going.”

Dobson was just 16 when picked for the Jets’ maiden W-League season in 2008-09. She has made 55 appearances for Newcastle since.

She relocated to Melbourne two weeks ago and said training has “been brutal” but was “loving every minute of it”.

“We train minimum double sessions every day and we get one day off a week. The body felt like it had been hit by a bus at first but now it’s all good,” Dobson said.

“I can already see the changes in myself as a person, physically and mentally as well.”

Melbourne City announced the signing of Dobson, Hayley Richmond and Sofia Sakalis on their club website on Sunday with coach Patrick Kisnorbo describing her as “a talented forward who has great experience playing in the W-League”.

“Her pace and energy will provide us with an added dimension in attack and she is a fantastic addition to our playing group,” he said.

City open their season with a grand final rematch against Perth Glory at nib Stadium on October 27.

“There’s a lot to look forward to and a lot for me to grow into,” Dobson said. “I’m going to be competing for a spot every week, which I love the prospect of.”