The Parramatta Eels are pleased to announce the signing of Jillaroo and Indigenous All Stars representative Nakia Davis-Welsh.
It is a huge comeback to the top level for the 26-year old, who spent five years away from the game after falling pregnant twice.
Now a mother of two, Nakia will don the Blue & Gold in the NRLW in 2023.
The fullback and winger was part of the Sydney Roosters squad which played in the inaugural NRLW Premiership in 2018.
She has also represented the South Sydney Rabbitohs and most recently the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership.
Most notably, she was part of the Jillaroos World Cup winning team in 2017.
Nakia said, “I am honoured to be offered the chance to play back in the NRLW.
“It has been a dream of mine to play again since becoming a mother and I can’t thank the Eels enough for giving me this opportunity.
“I hope I can be a role model for other women out there who want to play professional sport and also have a family,” she said.
Head of Football Mark O’Neill said, “Nakia is an inspiration for other athletes and aspiring athletes.
“She has shown huge determination in returning to the top level and the Eels are thrilled to offer her an opportunity to show her talent in the NRLW.
“It pleasing to see the game supporting women from all walks of life in making it possible to have both a family and rugby league career,” he said.
Pre-season for the Eels women begins in May.