Perth Glory defender Danielle Brogan will make her competitive comeback to football this season following an 18-month layoff from the game.

Still in her twenties it came as somewhat of a surprise when Brogan called time on a career seemingly blossoming in the 2015/16 season.

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“I had originally decided that I was hanging the boots up and just getting on with my life and my career and everything,” she said.

“I’m in the midst of building a home so between that and my two puppy Labradors I have been kept busy.”

But old habits die hard, which the two time W-League Premiership and one time W-League Championship winner soon found out.

After being a helpless onlooker for Perth’s agonising grand final defeat last season her competitive nature was truly brought to fruition.

“I miss the competitiveness of the game,” she said, “even just being at training sessions.

“The team environment is always great to be around as well, especially only being in Perth for a few years most people I know are from the club.”

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In a career spanning over a decade Brogan has seen first-hand the transition from the old NSL to the W-League having played in both, including the latter’s inception in 2008 for Sydney FC.

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Having now amassed over 50 W-League appearances and seven caps for the Matildas’ Brogan is certainly qualified to speak about the strides made by women’s football in Australia.

“Every year I have seen more progression,” she said.

“Bigger international interest, better facilities, curtain raises, support of A-League clubs and I think it’s only going to continue.”

One thing that won’t be continuing however is Brogans international career after debuting for Australia eight years ago in 2009.

The Sydney born defender has enjoyed an illustrious career but when asked of a potential return to the national team set up, she indicated that was no longer in her plans.

“No, I’m happy to support the team from home,”she said.

“I’m proud of what I managed to achieve but that is not part of my goals in life anymore.”

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However one of Brogan’s goals will surely be to replicate her 2009 season which saw her claim a historic W-League Premiership and Championship double with Sydney FC.

Although enduring an interrupted preseason, with the likes of Sam Kerr away scoring goals for fun against Brazil, Perth Glory have been deep in training.

Brogan knows exactly what kind of squad it takes to win the W-League and is optimistic about the clubs future leading into the 2017/18 campaign.

“I have to say I’m really excited with the squad we have at Glory this year,” she said.

“Training without your higher profile players can be difficult at times but our young ones have really stepped it up and the standard has been great.”

Brogan and Perth Glory will be desperate to avenge last season’s grand final defeat against Melbourne City when the two sides face off in the W-League opener on Friday October 27 at nib stadium.

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.