Matildas defender Caitlin Cooper is ready for a new challenge with Sydney FC after ending a five-year spell with rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in the off-season.

An ambitious footballer with the desire to succeed, Cooper saw the Sky Blues as the perfect side to further her career.

The 29-year-old defender is confident that she made the right decision by crossing the divide to join the Wanderers’ cross-town rivals.

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“It took me a good three months to decide, I did it for my football and I think it’s been a good decision so far,” Cooper said.

The Sky Blues have been a part of every finals series since the start of the W-League and Cooper thinks that this season will be no exception as they aim to secure their first W-League title since the 2012/13 campaign.

“We have a strong squad with a mixture of youth and experience; hopefully we can put it all out on the field and get the results,” she said.

“We’re aiming for the final and nothing less this year.”

Cooper arrives at the Sky Blues with the intention of retaining her spot with the Matildas.

“I did pretty well with Wanderers but I just want to improve a few things and hopefully get a look in with the World Cup Qualifiers squad this season,” she said.

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“I want to have quite a strong season, be positive in my play and try to encourage the young ones as well as much as I can.”

Sydney begin this season with new coach Ante Juric at the helm and Cooper gave The Football Sack an insight into the style of play that fans can come to expect from the revamped Sky Blues outfit.

“We’ll be very attacking and direct in the attacking third and tight at the back so hopefully not too many goals get past us.”

Cooper has experienced her fair share of Sydney derbies in a Wanderers jersey but this season will see the 29-year-old line-up for the opposition as she prepares to face her former employers in the sky blue of Sydney FC.

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“The derby is always an exciting match. I didn’t leave on bad terms so I hope the fans are good to me,” she said.

When asked how she felt about facing her former team for the first time, she chuckled and replied hesitantly.

“It will be interesting, I’ll definitely be nervous for that game.”

Feature Image Credit: Amos Hong

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