Kerr uneasy with all the at­ten­tion

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For the past 12 months Sam Kerr’s star has been on the rise but the Matil­das striker is be­gin­ning to find the at­ten­tion con­fronting.

Show­ered with ac­co­lades and the lead­ing scorer in the Amer­i­can NWSL for the past two sea­sons, Kerr’s in­creas­ing pro­file puts her in high de­mand off the field.

Go­ing into games against Chile in Syd­ney on Sat­ur­day and next Tues­day in New­cas­tle, Kerr says her life has changed since play­ing games in those ci­ties last year.

She en­joys the non-foot­ball re­lated op­por­tu­ni­ties her fame has at­tracted but the W-League’s first mar­quee has nar­rowed her fo­cus since Perth Glory’s cam­paign started.

“Af­ter the W-League’s launch I cut all com­mit­ments be­cause I re­ally want to fo­cus on this year’s W-league. That’s an im­por­tant time go­ing into the World Cup (next year),” Kerr said on Fri­day.

“I feel re­ally good, I feel fresh, my body feels rested so I’m re­ally ex­cited for th­ese games.”

Kerr doesn’t like dis­ap­point­ing her grow­ing le­gion of fans and ad­mits she finds it hard to say no to all the re­quests she gets.

“You al­ways want that as a kid — known as a sports star — but it can be a lit­tle con­fronting at some times,” she said.

“I still haven’t got my head around walk­ing into some­where and peo­ple turn­ing and al­most star­ing at you.

“I can’t imag­ine be­ing some­one to­tally hugely fa­mous like a (Justin) Bieber or a LeBron (James).

“Peo­ple come up to you which is re­ally nice and just say ’Sam!’. It’s like ‘I don’t know who you are’. It’s dif­fer­ent.

“Not so much in Syd­ney but from where I’m from in Perth, it’s very full-on.

“I think be­cause of my brother (2005 West Coast Ea­gles pre­mier­ship win­ner Daniel Kerr) and my fam­ily be­ing very well known in Perth, it’s much greater.

“My life has changed in that way and also I’m not very good at say­ing no and there’s lots of things that I’d be do­ing if I didn’t have an agent that could say no for me. I feel like you let peo­ple down but that’s some­thing I’ve had to learn to ac­cept now, that I can’t give ev­ery­one what they want and that’s OK, but I don’t feel good about that.”

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