MELBOURNE City head coach Rado Vidosic has challenged Kaitlyn Torpey to replicate the high standard of performance set by the Commonwealth Bank Matildas' wing-backs, as she prepares to operate in a similar system at her new club in the 2021/22 W-League season.
Tony Gustavsson's Commonwealth Bank Matildas finished fourth in the Women's Football Competition at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games utilising three central defenders and two wing-backs, with the likes of Steph Catley, Tameka Yallop and Hayley Raso filling the wide roles throughout the Women's Football Tournament.
Torpey's decision to join City for the 2021/22 W-League season was aided by the prospect of working under head coach Vidosic, who sees tremendous potential in the young full-back.
With Vidosic likely to play with a back five through the upcoming W-League campaign, the opportunity is there for Torpey to get accustomed to the wing-back position she hopes to one day challenge for in the national side.
“I'm really excited to work under him, and I think I'm going to learn a lot from him,” Torpey said.
“It was probably one of the main reasons why I chose to make the move.”
“Rado basically said to me, ‘that's what (The Commonwealth Bank Matildas are) doing, and that's where we want you to be.
“I'm really excited about playing as a wing-back, and I'm definitely more of an attacking player anyway.
“I feel like it will be great to learn both the defensive and attacking aspects of the position, and it will allow me to be more versatile and add plenty to the team.”
Torpey, 21, arrives at City with five seasons of W-League experience under her belt accrued at Brisbane Roar between 2016 and 2021. The right-sided defender says she's excited to test herself in an advanced wide role as part of a City defence already boasting the experience and class of Emma Checker, Rebekah Stott, Tori Tumeth, and Chelsea Blissett.
Torpey featured 11 times for Brisbane last season, scoring one goal and notching one assist. The 21-year-old made 43 appearances for the Roar over five W-League campaign, debuting at 16 years of age.
Eight created chances through 2020/21 was a career-best in a single season for Torpey, who will be asked to increase her attacking output at City as a marauding wing-back charged with providing defensive support and an offensive threat.
Torpey says above all of her many qualities, an energetic presence is what she's most eager to bring into the City squad moving forward.
“I want to bring plenty of energy to the group this year,” she said.
“I'm not really the kind of leader to yell at people or anything, but I just want to get on the field and lead by example.
“I'm not going to stop running, I'm not going to stop working, and I just want to be that player brings the energy and helps to set a high standard.”