CANBERRA U NITED
After missing out on the top four for the first time in the club’s history last season, Canberra United will aim to avoid any deja vu. Canberra has been a side in transition since Heather Garriock took the reins last season. But the club’s ethos to develop youth players remains at its core.
Many familiar faces will be missing, such as last season’s co-captains Michelle Heyman and Ashleigh Sykes. But Matildas star Ellie Carpenter (below) crucially remains with the club and is set to lead the charge with a host of other exciting young players such as Nikki Flannery, Karly Roestbakken and Taren King. Scotland captain Rachel Corsie will add experience and will anchor the side from the back, as well as guest signing and NWSL championship winner Denise O’Sullivan.
Canberra looks set to be the surprise package of this season’s competition, particularly with a talented pair of South Africans, Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Mulaudzi. If the team finds chemistry quickly, it has the potential and talent pool to make a huge statement this new season.