Former Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers shot-stopper Shamiran Khamis has signed for Canberra United for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.
Already a veteran of seven Westfield W-League campaigns despite being just 23, Khamis joins United just weeks after helping her Macarthur Rams side to a thrilling NPL NSW Grand Final win against Sydney University.
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“Signing with Canberra is a new chapter in my football career,” Khamis said.
“I look forward to heading down there, learning things under Heather [coach Heather Garriock] and gaining new experience so I’m very keen for that.
“It really can’t come any sooner. I can’t wait to get there, meet my new teammates, start training and playing. This time of year is always very exciting.”
Khamis first entered the Westfield W-League as she signed for Sydney FC ahead of season four, where she spent three seasons.
She then moved to the Wanderers for a season before returning to Sydney FC where she has played most recently.
“Regardless of who I play for, I always play with a lot of pride and passion,” Khamis said.
“It’s not really about the name on the back of the jersey, it’s about the logo at the front so I am just excited to give back to the club, and give back to the supporters.”
“I always got the vibe that it’s a tight-knit family in Canberra when I played there, so I can’t wait to be out there.”
Garriock said she couldn’t wait to begin working with Khamis and that she would bring a lot to the club.
“For a 23-year old Sham already has a great deal of Westfield W-League experience, and I can’t wait for her to be part of our team this year,” Garriock said.
“Not only does she bring excellent pedigree as a goalkeeper, her experience will be important and for us to have two genuine number one options at goalkeeper is immense.”
“Sham and Melissa (Maizels) will battle it out for that starting jersey, and that depth is so important.”
“As Melissa does, Sham has a desire to play at the highest level so it was a no-brainer for me to bring her in.”
Outside of Football, Khamis is a semester away from finishing a Masters of Exercise Physiology, which she has put on hold as she prepares to focus on her first season in Canberra.
The Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season begins in late October, with United opening the campaign at home to champions Melbourne City.