BENDIGO soccer player Maika Ruyter-Hooley has resigned to play with Melbourne Victory for the remainder of the 2013/2014 W-League season.
With only two rounds left, Victory is preparing for another finals assault.
The 26-year-old missed Saturday’s match due to the one-game suspension she received when she was red-carded in last season’s grand final loss to Sydney FC.
Ruyter-Hooley returned to Australia a couple of weeks ago, spending the past season studying her PhD in Sweden.
Melbourne Victory coach David Edmondson told Football Federation Victoria he was impressed with the towering defender’s physical condition.
“She’s been working hard to try to stay in shape to make the transition a bit easier but obviously there will be match sharpness she needs to get back," he said.
“She trained well last week, completed the conditioning session and coped with it really well.”
Edmondson said Ruyter-Hooley would be a valuable addition to the squad.
He said her knowledge of the game would count for a lot leading into finals.
“We’ve conceded a couple of goals from set pieces this season and she’s a taller player and good in the air and adds another dimension to what we’ve got,” Edmondson said.
Ruyter-Hooley will be available for selection against Perth Glory on Saturday.
Kick off is at 3pm at the Kingston Heath Soccer Complex.