After fourteen years playing in England and the United States Laura Bassett welcomes her next challenge in hoping to reignite Canberra’s W-League dominance.

Bassett brings much-needed experience to a depleted Canberra backline and spells with Leeds, Chelsea and Arsenal as well as being a key player for England will give the imposing defender an edge over the opposition.

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The English international has had an illustrious career to date taking out the Premier League Cup with Leeds in 2010, a silver medal at the 2009 European Championships and placing third in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Bassett just recently joined her teammates but is settling in well and looking forward to working with coach Heather Garriock ahead of the season opener in Melbourne on Saturday.

“I’m really impressed with the team and the set-up they have in place, everything’s been very professional within the club,” Bassett said

“I just want to spend as much time out on the field with the team and get to understand Heather’s approach to the game.”

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The physical centre back has earned quite a reputation over a total of 61 appearances with the Lionesses’ and said Australia are on the up when it comes to the sport.

“Women’s football in Australia is a bit of a hotbed at the moment and it’s really great to see,” she said.

“The Matildas are showing they’re a force to be reckoned with and I think they’ll be really strong for the World Cup next year in France.”

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Bassett, though not as youthful as some of Canberra’s other new signings including fellow defender Ellie Carpenter, feels she has learnt a lot throughout her career and has plenty to share.

“I’m the wrong side of thirty as they say, but Heather’s got a nice blend of young players and experienced heads,” she said.

“I’m very much a team player, any advice, experience or game management I can bring to the team to help us have a good start and win games I’ll be sure to give everything to the team.”

Providing much-needed reinforcement to the United defence Bassett is looking forward to playing alongside some of Australia’s most talented attacking players including Michelle Heyman and Ashleigh Sykes.

“Michelle is synonymous with Canberra. Her attitude and her professionalism really stands out and she’s such a technical player so I’m really looking forward to playing with her and Ashleigh leading the line.”

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Canberra face Victory in the first round and Bassett is looking forward to facing friend and international team mate Natasha Dowie but the defender remains focused on improving within the squad and feels that United can make another run at the title this season.

“Because everything is so new I won’t be taking anything for granted, I’m just looking forward to playing each game and giving it my all.”

“It might take us a couple of weeks to gel because we’ve all come together quite late but it’s looking really bright and think we can hit the ground running.”

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Fourth and final year studying Sports Media at the University of Canberra. Love all things football and can't wait to be part of the growth of the game in Australia. Waiting for the day the FFA come to their senses and hand us an A-League team... but could be waiting a while.