The 21-year-old will play under Adelaide coach Dave Edmondson, who also has strong links to the female game in New Zealand after coaching the national women’s U-17 side and northern league outfit Claudelands Rovers.
Erceg says she is eagerly awaiting the start of the season and is looking forward to working with Edmondson.
“I just can’t wait to start training, meet my new team mates and see what everyone is all about,” the 177cm centre back says.
“I’ve seen what David did with teams in New Zealand – teams that weren’t doing that great that he has taken to nearly winning championships. I hope he can carry that on over here in Adelaide.”
Edmondson is pleased to have signed a player of Erceg’s ability and believes her experience – gained from 63 internationals, including every minute of New Zealand’s campaign at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany – will be a big boost to the side.
“She is definitely a quality signing, both as a player and in terms of her experience,” he says.
“The likelihood is that we’ll have a very young side and having played in many internationals, including World Cups and Olympics, her experience will be invaluable. Abby is young herself but has had a wealth of experience and hopefully it rubs off on the other girls.”
Adelaide United kick off their W-League campaign against Canberra on October 22 at Hindmarsh Stadium in a curtain raiser to the men’s A-League match between Adelaide and Sydney FC.