Signing news: Garriock earns new deal as Canberra's Westfield W-League coach

Former Westfield Matildas star Heather Garriock has re-signed for a third season as Canberra United's Westfield W-League coach, the club confirmed on Wednesday.

As part of her deal, Garriock will also head-up a newly-created position working with young talent in the ACT.

The 36-year-old introduced the Canberra United Winter Program in 2018, while she will also work closely with the club's academy to help improve the pathways for youngsters to become elite footballers.

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“Having coached the younger generation during my playing years it is a passion of mine, and I am excited to take on this role overseeing those players and working with their development,” Garriock told United's official website.

“I can’t wait to get down to work in a year-round capacity and provide the best environment possible for our talented young footballers to come through our pathways.”

Heather instructions at training
Heather Garriock issues instructions during a Canberra United training session

Players such as Karly Roestbakken, Laura Hughes and Nicki Flannery thrived in the Canberra United Academy environment, while Lauren Keir made her way to a Canberra United contract through the Winter program with Garriock in 2018.

Capital Football CEO Phil Brown added: “The pathway for female players is not singular

“They may come through the NPLW, play in the boys' NPLY, the Canberra United Academy, or attend supplementary training with the Canberra United Winter program on their path to representing Canberra United in the Westfield W-League, and ultimately the Westfield Matildas.

“To that end, Capital Football has created a full-time role that sees the Canberra United Head Coach oversee the pathway for players following into it.”

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“Heather will not only coach the Canberra United team in the Westfield W-League, she will actively coach, identify and monitor players across the underpinning programs, providing opportunity and support to players with dreams of representing Australia.

United finished eighth in the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season, while Garriock's first season in charge 12 months earlier saw them finish fifth.