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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 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. ”

Pic­ture: TOBY ZERNA

Matil­das star player Sam Kerr pic­tured in Par­ra­matta ahead of their game against Chile on Satur­day.

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