Glasgow City have signed South African captain Janine van Wyk in one of the most prominent transfers in Scottish women’s football.
The central defender, who has been crowned 170 times by the country, has played in two Olympic Games and the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. The 33-year-old joined the Scottish champions as the part-time team prepares to face German champion Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on August 21 in San Sebastián.
Van Wyk represented Fortuna Hjørring most recently, but his contract with the Danish club was terminated in January after problems with injuries. The defender also played for Houston Dash at the NWSL and the club she founded in South Africa, JVW FC.
UEFA changed the rules this month to allow up to six new players to register in the last seven games of the tournament, which led to a flurry of signings from the remaining eight teams in the competition.
“I am extremely excited to start this new chapter of my football career with a football club that is known for being the best team in the Scottish league,” said Van Wyk. “I’m looking forward to playing in the Women’s Champions League, winning titles and, most importantly, continuing to learn as much as I can about the ideas of the game and, hopefully, adding value to the team with the experience I have.”
Glasgow City received financial support from fund manager and philanthropist James Anderson to allow the club to participate in the mini-tournament to conclude the 2019-20 Champions League. Hearts Football Club benefactor, Anderson also gave £ 250,000 to help the women’s game in the pandemic and £ 3 million for the Scottish men’s Premier League.
Glasgow City club co-founder and manager Laura Montgomery said: “If we’re talking about players known around the world, Janine is in that category. Her record is incredible on and off the field, in what she has done for the sport of girls and women in her own country, as well as in promoting equality.
“Her shirt is on display at the FIFA Museum, alongside the other major players in the world, this is the caliber of player and individual that she is. In the city of Glasgow, we defend women and girls, and Janine fits that model a lot. Her football resume is impressive and we are delighted that she has chosen to continue her journey with our club. “