TWO Moreton Bay United players will play in the highest level of Australian women’s football for first time after signing for A-League clubs.
Both players marked their moves by scoring for Moreton Bay United Jets in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Souths in the state-level NPLW.
McDougall caught the eye of coaches in the Roar/QAS development system and as a member of the Queensland Future Matildas program.
The midfielder has scored nine goals for Jets this year and was "super excited" when Roar Head Coach Garrath McPherson offered her a place in the A-League Women.
"It's always what I've worked for, always what I dreamed, to get in that professional environment," McDougall said.
"I want to make the biggest impact I can and look to make the most of the environment. Just enjoy every second of it really."
McPherson said: "She spent two years in that high performance environment and has continued to grow within our Queensland Future Matildas program this year.
"Lanni is playing consistently well in midfield for Moreton Bay in the NPL Women's competition. She is a focused, determined young person with huge potential."
Striker Georgia Beaumont will head south in a couple of weeks to Adelaide United for the A-League Women season, which kicks-off at the start of December.
“I’m really excited to be going, to have a new environment with new girls and a new network to support me and push me,” the 18 year old said.
“After the last game here (for Jets versus Sunshine Coast Wanderers, on Friday), I’ll have a week to get organised and go down there.”
Beaumont, who was a junior at Jets and rejoined the club this year, was recommended by her agent when Adelaide was searching for a forward.
“Adrian Stenta (Adelaide’s Head Women’s Coach) reached out and was really keen on me from day one,” she said.
“Last season Adelaide only missed on the finals by one point. They did really well and I hope I can contribute to team.”
Announcing the signing on the Adelaide United website Stenta said: “Georgia is a smart striker with a lot of potential.
“At the local level she’s a proven goal-scorer and I’m confident those promising displays can translate to the A-League Women’s season.
“Georgia also has experience of representing her country with the Junior Matildas and I’m sure she will fit right into our team.”
Beaumont and McDougall join the likes of Indiah-Paige Riley, Laini and Sharn Freier who have risen through the ranks at Moreton Bay United and stepped up to the top level.
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