SAM’S STAR ON RISE
FOR the past 12 months, Sam Kerr’s star has been on the rise, but the Matildas striker is beginning to find all 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 today and next Tuesday in Newcastle, Kerr says her life has changed since playing games in those cities last year.
She enjoys 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 yesterday.
“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 times, ” Kerr said.
“I still haven’t got my head around walking into somewhere and people turning and almost staring at you. 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. ”
Matildas star player Sam Kerr pictured in Parramatta ahead of their game against Chile on Saturday.