Rebekah Stott signs with Melbourne City after overcoming cancer

New Zealand defender Rebekah Stott will return to W-League club Melbourne City this season after battling stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer, the club said on Thursday.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion player Stott said in March she would need to go through four months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with the condition.

Melbourne City said the 28-year-old is now in complete remission after undergoing treatment in Australia.

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Stott trained with semi-professional club Bulleen Lions last month before deciding to rejoin Melbourne City, where she won four Championships and two Premiership titles from 2015-2020.

“It’s an incredible feeling for me to have football back, and I definitely didn’t realise how much I’d missed it until I got back on the pitch,” Stott said in a club statement.

Stott represented Australia at the youth level before switching allegiance to New Zealand, her country of birth. She has earned 81 caps for the ‘Football Ferns’.

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