Cerne is locked in

Alana Cerne (Ljubica Vrankovic)

Alana Cerne will spearhead Western United’s first full season in Tarneit after committing to the club for the 2024-25 A-League Women’s campaign.

The 21-year-old was Western United’s inaugural A-League signing and now becomes the first player to put pen to paper for season three.

Cerne has relished the opportunity to shine in the west and will strive to help Western United build further into the future.

“Being given the opportunity again to re-sign for this club – it’s an honour to be here,” she said.

“I was lucky enough to be given the first contract for Western and start building with the Club. Hopefully next season it’ll be more of an opportunity for me to be a leader.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at this club. I can’t wait to continue playing in front of our fans in Tarneit, starting this Saturday with our home final.”

Western United football general manager Mal Impiombato lauded Cerne for her development on the pitch and her impact on the club’s next generation off it.

“Not only is she an integral part of our playing squad, Alana is also a key role model for our young supporters in Tarneit and we are delighted to retain her as a leader in our community,” he said.

“Her development through our pathway system and into professional opportunities at club and national team level is the type of story that will inspire the next generation in the West.

“We are eagerly looking forward to watching Alana continue to grow as an individual and a footballer at our Club.”

Cerne played every minute of the 2023-24 regular season and will be looking to build on that in Saturday’s elimination final against Newcastle Jets.