The Wanderers will open their Westfield W-League season against Adelaide United at Marconi Stadium on Thursday night and new recruit Amy Harrison can’t wait to put on the Red & Black hoops for the first time.
One of a host of exciting signings this season, the experienced Harrison will add class and considerable depth to the Wanderers midfield as the club looks to make an impact in the competition.
“Round one (of the Westfield W-League) with the Wanderers and I am honestly so excited,” said Harrison.
“I genuinely can’t wait.
“It was great to see all my new teammates come out to support me with the Matildas (against Chile last Saturday).
“The team is gelling great and I honestly love them to bits.
“We are such a tight-knit group and a tight-knit club as well, which I am loving. So far so good.”
But, first things first for Harrison, who is expected to get more game time in the Matildas second match against Chile at Coopers Stadium tonight (Tuesday). The home side will be looking to make it two wins from two following a 2-1 victory in front of a record crowd at Bankwest Stadium.
“I am very happy, to say the least because it has been a while since I have played at home with the national team,” the 23-year-old said after coming on as a replacement in the 69th minute.
“It felt awesome to play at home in front of my family and friends and at this stadium (Bankwest) ... I can’t wait to play more games here.
“Obviously my main focus is with the Matildas on Tuesday night, getting another win and contributing even more to the team.”
The Wanderers have opened a few eyes following a concerted push to strengthen the W-League squad this season, signing a number of high profile players including US stars Lynn Williams, Kristen Hamilton and Sam Staab as well as Republic of Ireland international Denise O’Sullivan.
Williams, O’Sullivan, and Hamilton all figured in North Carolina Courage’s success in the National Women’s Soccer League this season and will bring much firepower, experience and a real competitive edge to the squad.
Williams was Courage’s top scorer with 12 goals during the recently completed season, finishing second overall behind Australia’s Sam Kerr.
The US International continued her great form, scoring a double in the US’s 6-0 win over Costa Rica in an international friendly on Monday. However, she is not due to arrive in Sydney until Friday so she will miss the opening match.
Hamilton, who arrived last week, is expected to make her Wanderers debut against Adelaide.
Under coach Dean Heffernan and his assistants Michael Beauchamp and Catherine Cannuli, the Wanderers will be looking to make a statement having failed to make the W-League finals in their six seasons in the competition.