Keepers locked in

Melbourne Victory’s W-League goalkeepers have been locked in, with Casey Dumont and Bethany Mason-Jones signing for 2017/2018.

Melbourne Victory’s W-League goalkeepers have been locked in, with Casey Dumont and Bethany Mason-Jones signing for 2017/2018.

Dumont arrives at Victory via Western Sydney Wanderers, where she spent last season.

Currently in the Matildas camp for their two friendlies against Brazil, Dumont’s arrival is a major coup for Victory.

“She’s (Dumont) someone I really rate, not only for her ability as a goalkeeper but she’s really tough,” W-League coach Jeff Hopkins said.

“She’s very talented and the type of keeper that will keep people on their toes.

“Physically she’s pretty imposing; she’s six-foot plus. She dominates her area and that’s something we really need.”

Although Dumont is only 25 years old, she already has more than 50 W-League appearances to her name through stints with Brisbane, Sydney and Western Sydney.

“She started really young,” Hopkins explained.

“I’m hoping she can come in here and do really well for us. If that happens that will help get her in the window for the Matildas.”

Meanwhile it will be Mason-Jones’ second season at Victory following six appearances in her debut campaign.

Still just 19 years old, there are high hopes for the teenager in the future.

“She came in last year and made massive strides forward,” Hopkins said.

“Jeff Olver, our goalkeeping coach, worked really closely with her and she really responded well.”

After an injury last season to Bianca Henninger, Mason-Jones made the most of her opportunity.

“We actually bought an outfield player in to replace (Henninger) and put Beth in goals, because we were confident she could handle it.

“The games she came in for, she was in our best three players in all those games.

“She’s performing really well, working hard with her off-season program and she’s come back in really good nick.

“She will push Casey hard, so you have two keepers who are working hard together.”

Stay tuned to melbournevictory.com.au for more W-League signings in the coming days.