Defender Ellie Brush will look to share her years of well earned W-League knowledge among fellow Western Sydney Wanderers teammates when she joins the side for the upcoming season.

The former Canberra United captain made the decision to leave last season’s premiership winning side after re-signing her contract for GWS Giants in the AFLW. Juggling two codes between two cities proved to be a difficult work load, so choosing a Sydney based W-League side was the viable option to ensure her progress across both sports.

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The positive reputation held by Wanderers coaching staff and the club’s emphasis on player development also assisted in her transition between the two teams.

“I’d heard good things about Richard Byrne as a coach, alongside ex player Catherine Cannuli,” Brush said.

“I really wanted to keep learning and I thought it was going to be a great environment for that.”

The launch of the W-League mentorship program earlier this year was another aspect of the club that Brush held in high regard.

“It goes to show how much they care about their women’s program and that really drew me in,” she said.

“It was important to me, I guess being toward the back end of my career.”

Having amassed over 100 W-League appearances for Canberra United, Brush was instrumental in leading her former side to grand final victories in both the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons.

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The accomplished defender is certainly no stranger to the duties of mentorship and hopes to impart her knowledge on a relatively young Wanderers side.

“One of the first things I noticed early on in preseason was how much I’ll have to take a leadership role,” Brush explained.

“That sort of teaching role I’ve just naturally stepped into and I’m hoping to draw from 10 years of W-League experience.”

Despite spending her time as captain since Canberra’s inaugural 2008 season, donning the armband left by Caitlin Cooper is not a duty Brush wishes to undertake.

“I’m pretty happy to let the captaincy go to somebody else.” said Brush

“It will be no surprise that I’ll be juggling Aussie rules commitments as well,”

“I wouldn’t want someone who’s able to be fully committed to not have that opportunity.”

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Brush joins a promising bundle of new signings for the red and black, including Israeli striker Lee Falkon and Dutch additions Marlous Pieete and Maruschka Waldus.

The prosperous off season gives her reason to believe that this season will finally provide the Wanderers with the means to contest for a long overdue place in the finals.

“It’s been quite pleasing to see how the squad has gelled so quickly,” Brush said

“Probably a good reason for that is the amount of pre-season games we’ve been able to have.”

Injury has resulted in a disruptive preseason for Brush but the veteran defender is eager to commence the next chapter of her footballing career.

“Its been slightly frustrating, but I’m confident I’ll be able to slot in quite easily,” she said.

“I’m pumped to get out there in Newcastle.”

11 new players have joined Ellie Brush as Western Sydney Wanderers head into their sixth W-League season.

 

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