Australia women's team defender Ellyse Perry will continue her W-League career after joining Sydney FC for the 2012-2013 campaign.
After her much-publicised exit from champion Canberra United, the dual-international will continue sharing her time between football and cricket with Sydney FC and Cricket NSW to confirm Perry's new arrangement on Wednesday.
Perry's spell at Canberra was ended when coach Jitka Klimkova asked her to commit exclusively to football if she wanted to stay with the club.
But now the 21-year-old's desire to play both sports at the highest level will continue in her home town.
"I moved back to Sydney FC for a number of reasons," she said in an interview with The Womens Game.
"My family is here, I study at Sydney University doing social sciences and economics and my cricket is based in Sydney with the NSW Breakers."
Perry's return to Sydney saves her hours in travel time to and from Canberra.
"It was difficult to constantly commute three hours there and then three hours back for games and training and I was missing training sessions for both sports," Perry said.
Sydney FC women's team coach Alen Stajcic has already snapped up Sam Kerr, from Perth Glory, and Alanna Kennedy, from Newcastle Jets, with Perry to commence training with her Sky Blues team-mates officially on Saturday.
"I have been back at training now for a little while and I'm looking to bring the championship back to Sydney FC."
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