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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.

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