Australia's hottest romance was confirmed on Wednesday when NRL superstar Nathan Cleary was spotted on a date with Matildas striker Mary Fowler in Perth.
Rumours of a sporting romance have been rife for months with the pair strongly linked during and after the Women's World Cup in Australia.
Fowler, 20, returned to the United Kingdom after the tournament to play for club side Manchester City while Cleary, 25, won a third NRL premiership on the bounce with Penrith.
But their relationship has heated up this week after Fowler returned to Australia for the Matildas' international games against Iran, the Philippines and Taiwan, culminating in a romantic date at a park on Wednesday.
Here, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at all the tell-tale signs that Cleary and Fowler were in a relationship.
Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary confirmed their romance on Wednesday in Perth
The ice cream date
The pair are both brand ambassadors for Adidas and were seen enjoying a sweet treat following a day with the sports giant.
At the time, fans spotted that they followed each other on Instagram but had not share photos of one another on their pages.
Cleary's camp insisted that the catch up was 'just ice cream' but fans were unwilling to accept that explanation so easily.
Following reports of the ice cream date, the first photos of Cleary and Fowler together came to light, with the duo enjoying a walk together along the Nepean River during Australia's World Cup campaign.
The photo of the couple enjoying some fresh air is understood to have been taken on August 8, two weeks prior to the Adidas meeting.
'We were going for a walk along the Nepean River when we saw them,' a Penrith resident who saw the couple said.
Nathan Cleary (right) and Mary Fowler (left) were spotted on a riverside walk in August
'They were taking photos and talking with other locals, and walking up and down the Nepean River together for quite some time.'
Cleary and Fowler were seen smiling together while wearing Adidas clothing. The footy star reportedly stopped to talk to some fans during the walk.
Cleary watches the Matildas
Things went quiet for a couple of months after the Matildas' fairytale World Cup journey came to an end and Fowler returned to the UK, but the rumour mill ignited again when Cleary was spotted at Perth's Optus Stadium for Australia's 8-0 win over the Philippines.
Fowler, in Western Australia to represent her country, was cheered on by Cleary as she scored for Tony Gustavsson's side on Sunday.
Cleary posed for a selfie with Matildas fans outside Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday before the Olympic qualifier against the Philippines, which Mary Fowler played in
His appearance at the stadium almost went unnoticed before he was spotted by fans leaving the ground after full time, and he stopped for selfies.
Cleary lives in Sydney, so his appearance in the west was certainly unexpected.
Matildas fan Annie Lewin posted the image with Cleary and the caption 'silly for the tillies'.
A friend was quick to cotton on to the Fowler link and replied: 'Hmmm what was Nathan doing there?'
Spotted together in Perth
Cleary and Fowler did little to dispel the rumours shortly after Sunday's game, as they were spotted together in Perth enjoying coffee on Tuesday.
Images surfaced of the duo spending time together in Highgate, near the city's CBD, showing a relaxed Fowler wearing a white singlet, shorts and sneakers with her hair tied back and a cap on.
The pair grabbed a takeaway coffee from a local cafe and were seen enjoying each other's company and laughing, with an onlooker describing their interaction as 'low-key but cute'.
Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary were pictured taking a walk in Perth's CBD on Tuesday in the first images of them spending time together
'There was a guy that recognised him and they shook hands and Mary laughed, then they were just laughing and walking very close together,' the passer-by said.
The NRL star also liked a post Fowler put up on Instagram on Monday - the first time he's taken that step on social media.
Park date in Perth
The romance that everyone suspected was on, was finally confirmed by Cleary and Fowler on Wednesday with the duo seen enjoying tender moments together.
They were seen cuddling in a Perth park after Fowler left the Matildas' team hotel on Wednesday morning, grabbed a coffee and met up with Cleary.
They could be seen laying together in the middle of an open park by the water - laughing, hugging, chatting, and drinking from the same water bottle.
At one point, Cleary took his shirt off and Fowler lay on his chest.
Romance confirmed! Fowler rested her head on Cleary's shirtless chest as they took their relationship public in Perth on Wednesday
The couple were seen holding hands, laughing, chatting and hugging at a park overlooking the water near Perth's CBD
The stars appeared playful as they lay on the grass - tossing empty water bottles in the air and catching them as he threw his arm around her and laughed.
They then held hands briefly as they went back to Cleary's black SUV, where the couple had a brief chat in the car before he drove away and Fowler walked back to her accommodation.
Fowler declined to comment when Daily Mail Australia asked about the romantic display, saying: 'Sorry, I just want to get back to my hotel.'
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