Coach Greg Bradley has described Madison Franke, pictured above, as a “huge signing” for Moreton Bay United’s women’s team this season.
“She is a good talker, experienced, quality … just what I wanted,” Greg said.
Madi, a central defender, will have a key role at the heart of Jets’ young squad, which is preparing for the FQPL 1 season.
“Moreton Bay United was always on my list and I had a good talk with Greg,” she said.
“He wants experience and communication. Coaching on the pitch. It’s really what I did at Caboolture last year. I also took a couple of training sessions.”
That wealth of footballing knowledge began at South West Queensland (SWQ) - as it was known before the NPL was launched - at the age of 11.
Madi then played more than 140 games in nine NPL seasons for the club, which became SWQ Thunder with the introduction of the NPL 2013.
As an NPL foundation player she played at every level from Under 18s, Under 20s and Under 23s to senior women.
Madi also played 10 games in the FQPL in 2021, when the competition separated mid-season.
However, she moved closer to Brisbane with her partner last year and joined Caboolture, helping them finish third in FQPL Metro 3.
Playing in a holding midfield role, she played 16 games, scored three times and was named in the FQPL 3 Women Metro Team of the Year.
However, Madi is now back in FQPL 1 and trained with the Jets’ squad last week after a spell on the side lines recovering from surgery.
“We haven’t done too much in training yet and I am still getting to know everyone,” she said, “but it’s been very good.”
Jets women will launch their pre-season fixtures this weekend when NPL Women’s side Olympic are the visitors to Wolter Park on Saturday – Under 23s kick-off at 3pm, Seniors at 5pm.