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Matildas hero Cortnee Vine set for new Sydney FC deal


Cortnee Vine (right) celebrates her match-winning penalty to send the Matildas into the semi-final. Picture: Darren England.

Matildas penalty shootout hero Cortnee Vine is expected to reject advances to make the move to Europe and remain on Australian shores with Sydney FC.


Vine has been offered a one-year contract on marquee player terms to stay with the A-League Women champions.


The rapid winger is one of the few players in Tony Gustavsson's squad who still plies her trade in the A-League Women competition and was viewed as a potential target for European clubs before the tournament as a result of her dazzling performances domestically.


Vine had been part of Sydney's recent success under Ante Juric, finishing top in three straight seasons and clinching last year's grand final.


Queenslander Vine has been a key pillar of Sydney's success and has watched teammates and aspiring Matildas Mackenzie Hawkesby, Charlie Rule and Sarah Hunter all leave for Europe.


But the 25-year-old will stay in Australia over the next 12 months after becoming the toast of the nation following the Matildas' penalty shootout victory.


Sydney are hoping her presence will lead to an increase in female memberships, with the club aiming to crack four figures for the first time in their history. 


Vine's penalty sent Australia through to Wednesday's Women's World Cup semi final against England.


Socceroos great John Aloisi, who scored the penalty that sent Australia to the 2006 World Cup, said Vine's penalty had surpassed his effort in the pantheon of great Australian sporting moments. 


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