Western Sydney have continued building their W-League side with the additions of Caitlin Cooper, Erica Halloway and Sham Khamis.
There is a feeling of excitement building around the Wanderers as Catherine Cannuli approaches her first season in charge.
Cooper and Halloway are their eight and seventh season respectively and Khamis rejoins the club for her second stint after not appearing in the W-League last season.
The younger sister of striker Leena Khamis, Sham spoke of her preparations and expectations for the upcoming campaign.
“I had a season off last year, so for me personally it’s about getting back into playing at this level and enjoying the environment and intensity at which we train and play at.
“For the club, we want to make finals…this year we want to make sure we start strong and make the top four. I believe we have the squad to do so.”
Having grown up in Western Sydney, the shot stopper is eager to make an impact on her return.
“I know I have so much left to give,” says the 26 year old.
“Especially to a club that continues to grow and establish themselves in the league.
“I can’t wait to get this season started because I know my values and passion align with what the Wanderers stand for.”
Much has changed in Kahmis’ time in the game. In light of the recent CBA agreement she is excited about the future women’s football.
“It’s amazing to see how far the W-League has come since it’s inaugural season… we can only imagine the game will continue to grow and with the world cup around the corner it’s exciting times ahead for women’s football in this country.
“What excites me more is the opportunity young female footballers have now. They can aspire to play in a competitive league and play alongside some fantastic athletes.”
Defender Caitlin Cooper has played in every edition of the W-League, the veteran has not slowed down and played every match of last season.
Her consistency and impressive statistics saw her called up to the Matilda’s camp prior to the Olympics. Last season she made 34 clearances, eight block and 21 interceptions.
Head coach Catherine Cannuli spoke of Cooper’s character and value to the club.
“Cailtin and the Wanderers share very similar values which is why she is a wonderful example of who we want our Wanderers players to be and represent
“Caitlin has played an instrumental role in not only pushing the team in striving to be at thier best in every training session and match, but also in helping to create a positive culture and learning environment at the club.”
Erica Halloway’s comeback from an ACL injury is set to continue after making four appearances last season. As she adds to her 60 games in red and black she remains a dedicated and loyal Wanderer.
“I have always said I will only ever play for one club so I’m delighted to re-sign for my seventh season,” said the attacker.
“We’re expecting a big season at the club…I can’t wait to get to work with the team to achiev the goals we have set out for ourselves.”
She will form part of an attack that consists of rising star Bryleeh Henry and tenacious winger Teigan Collister. The continuity in the Wanderers lineup for the next season will only benefit them as a team.
Goalkeeper Khamis was last at the club six years ago. Her sister’s experience as a Wanderer last season encouraged her to sign.
“Leena spoke highly of the club and she had such a great time last year. She mentioned how far the club had come since my time in 2014.
“The facilities look great, the set-up is fantastic, and having an abundance of staff members specializing in their own field is exciting!
“I can’t wait to get started and give my all for the club.”
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