Sayers targets World Cup berth after Sydney FC homecoming

Teenager Amy Sayer hopes her move to Sydney FC can help propel her into the Westfield Matildas FIFA Women’s World Cup squad next year.

One of the brightest young talents in Australia, 16-year-old Sayer left Canberra United to join the Sky Blues for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.

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The Sydney-born midfielder says it’s a dream come true to sign for her hometown team and is excited about playing with some of her Westfield Matildas role models at the club.

“I’ve always wanted to play for Sydney FC and it was definitely my first choice for where to play this season and I’m extremely excited as I’m a Sydney girl,” Sayers told www.SydneyFC.com.

“I know a lot of the young girls, we’ve played together through the national team set up. I’ve gotten to know them really well and they’re a great bunch of girls.

“I don’t know many of the older players but I know Chloe [Logarzo] and Lisa [De Vanna], they’re very supportive and I look to them as role models. I definitely think Sydney FC is the right place for me to continue developing.

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Sydney FC star Chloe Logarzo is a role model to Sayer.

“Being around [coach] Ante [Juric], he’s been in the national team set up, he knows what he’s doing, he’s a great coach, and being around so many Matildas, it’ll lift the level of the whole team and I think we have a great chance of winning the Grand Final.”

With so much talent in the Sky Blues squad, Sayer is well aware she faces a challenge just to get into the starting XI at her new club.

But she hopes her performances make her impossible to leave out as she aims to impress Westfield Matilda boss Alen Stajcic ahead of the World Cup in France next year.

“I want to get as much game time as possible and play and enjoy myself, maybe score a couple too. As one of the younger players I want to cement myself in the W-League and in the team,” Sayer said.

“My ultimate goal is to make that World Cup squad but I have to respect the decision of the coaches and work my hardest and try and get in the Sydney FC team and prove myself ahead of next year.

“I love being in the centre of things, getting the ball and working with my team. I’m very big on combining and winning together rather than as an individual.”

The Sky Blues begin the Westfield W-League season with a blockbuster Sydney Derby against the Wanderers at Marconi Stadium on Thursday, October 25.

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