Sydney FC striker Caitlin Foord reflects on her latest stint with the Sky Blues as they prepare for the finals series with an upcoming derby against Western Sydney Wanderers in the final round of the W-League campaign.

Since Caitlin Foord’s return to Sydney midway through December last year the side have been undefeated and currently sit in second place on the league table ahead of their encounter with the Wanderers this Sunday.

“We’re undefeated and we’re in the finals now. Everyone kind of wrote us off at the start after losing those three games,” Foord said.

“The belief within the team is really positive now and with the wins on the back of us, we’ll keep going off that confidence.”

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The 23-year-old is eager to take all three points against their rivals this weekend with the added incentive of a home final advantage spurring them on this Sunday.

“The derby is massive for both clubs, it’s always a close game. We’re all excited and it’s the last game of the season so it’s really important to us,” Foord said.

“It’s always nice not having to travel so having the home final here and obviously the home ground advantage is always nice, I’d rather be here than having to travel.”

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Foord is looking to improve in front goal with only one goal in five appearances in her latest stint with the club.

“I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing but I think there’s been a couple of chances where I should have put some goals away,” she said.

The striker will look to add to her sole championship medal with Sydney before her impending move to the United States where she will join National Women’s Soccer League outfit Portland Thorns ahead of their upcoming campaign in April.

“Personally, I’m excited with the club I’m going to. Portland Thorns are one of the best clubs in the league, if not the best club in the world,” Foord said.

“They won the championship last year, so I’m going into a team that’s a bit like Sydney FC with a winning culture and a lot of expectation.”

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The 2016 Asian Women’s Player of the Year will be looking to shine for her new team as she aims to preserve her spot in the Matildas’ set up.

“I just want to be in the best form rattling into an important cycle with the national team,” she said.

“It’s about being in the best form I can for what’s to come.”

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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