Canadian international defender Shelina Zadorsky has set her sights on playing a key role in Perth Glory’s charge towards a finals appearance in the new Westfield W-League season, which kicks off in September.
Zadorsky, who was captain of the Ottawa Fury who finished third in the USA W-League recently, is delighted to be joining Australia’s elite women’s competition, which she believes has improved significantly in recent years.
“I want to help lead a strong back line, one that is hard for teams to break down,” said Zadorsky, revealing a steely intent.
“I would love to see this team finish in the top two of the league and continue on to the grand final. All in all, I hope to provide a positive presence on and off the field and consistently perform at my highest level.”
Pictured: Defender Shelina Zadorsky.
Zadorsky, 21, said her interest in Australia’s W-League had increased in recent seasons and she had noticed the improving standards and growing popularity.
“Women’s soccer is constantly growing and that is evident through the rising success of the W-League,” she said. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the W-League for this season.”
Zadorsky will be Glory’s only import player this season with coach Jamie Harnwell opting to rejuvenate his squad with a contingent of Australian players, whose recruitment will be confirmed in the coming days.
But in Zadorsky, Harnwell is confident he has signed a player with a great deal to offer Glory in 2014.
“She is a young, ambitious player who has been highly recommended from a number of sources and I’m sure she is going to be a huge asset for the club as we look to get back into the top four this season,” he said.
“I’m delighted that she’s coming to Perth Glory. Clearly she has a real desire to expand her horizons and establish herself as an elite professional player and I’m looking forward to working with her.”
US agent Chuck Vine of Ti Sports approached Harnwell at the end of last season, certain of the impact Zadorsky “could and will have” with Glory.
“I am thrilled she’s playing for the Glory and Coach Harnwell,” he said.
Zadorsky has represented Canada at junior level and made her senior international debut last year.
She hopes her move to Glory, and the new experience of playing in Australia’s top competition, will be the catalyst for further personal improvement.
“Australia is a beautiful place but moreover it’s also a great soccer environment where I hope to develop as a player,” she said. “I believe I will learn a great deal from the coaching staff and all my teammates.”
Glory kick-off their season against Brisbane Roar at Ashfield Sports Club on September 14.