Written by TWG
The Western Sydney Wanderers tonight revealed the majority of their squad for their inaugural season in the Westfield W-League. Spearheaded by three current Matildas and former Matilda Sarah Walsh, the Wanderers squad is a mixture of experienced and new W-League Players.
16 players were today revealed with Catherine Cannuli, Teigen Allen, Servet Uzunlar and Sarah Walsh the experienced components of the team. The squad also boasts former players from the now defunct Central Coast Mariners Women including Trudy Camilleri, Jenna Kingsley, Jessica Seaman and Samantha Spackman.
While former Young Matildas and 2010 NSW Premier League Player of the Year Olivia Kennedy and former Sydney FC defender Alesha Clifford return to the national stage.
Coach Stephen Roche’s squad also contains several players with recent W-League experience and on the Young Matildas’ radar. These include defender Alex Huynh (Newcastle Jets), midfielder Rachael Soutar (Sydney FC), Linda O’Neill (Newcastle Jets) as welll as Under 17s captain Alicia Bass.
Many of the players were born or have played their football in the local area.
“We chose players from the community and backed the Western Sydney area,” said Roche about his selections.
“At the end of the day you have to look at the players that are coming from that area and for them know that they have got somewhere to go to.”
The squad has yet to be completed with four players, including three possible internationals, yet to be added to the Season Five roster.
Of the last signings to round off the squad, Roche was coy about their internationals.
“They are exciting players and could be possible game changers,” was all he would divulge.
On his side’s ambitions for the first season, the former Mariners coach was more effusive.
“From my point of view, and I think if you ask any of the players, we are going to want Top Four.”
“We wanted people that were going to be committed to getting into the finals. Anything less than aiming for that is not what we are looking for.”
Western Sydney Wanderers Squad
Liz Durack (NWS Koalas), Olivia Kennedy, Jessica Seaman (Gladesville Ravens), Alex Huynh (Newcastle Jets), Alesha Clifford (Sydney University), Servet Uzunlar (Sydney FC), Samantha Spackman, Alicia Bass, Linda O’Neill (Newcastle Jets), Trudy Camilleri, Vanessa Hart, Rachel Soutar (Sydney FC), Jenna Kingsley, Catherine Cannuli (Brisbane Roar), Sarah Walsh (Sydney FC)