Western Sydney Wanderers W-League captain Erica Halloway is adamant that the late season success shown by her side is a sure sign of better things to come and believes the key to improvement lies in fostering their youngsters.

The Wanderers struggled to put wins on the board this season however after putting four goals past Perth Glory in their last outing it truly raises the question of what could have been.

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The win was just their third of the season and Halloway was quick to praise the resilience shown by the side as they toppled their opponents.

“Obviously when we come up against Sam Kerr you never know what might happen,” she said.

“I think we just didn’t give up, we kept going right up until the end and ended up scoring in the 90th minute.

“I think I put it down to not giving up and never doubting that we could actually win it.”

As Halloway’s third season in the W-League draws to a close the forward believes all the pieces are in place for the Wanderers to undergo a drastic improvement in seasons to come.

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Integral to this change are the club’s younger players who have come through the ranks this season.

“This is definitively a super strong outfit,” she said.

“We’ve got a lot of young ones that have stepped up, Susan Phonsongkhan and Rachael Lowe have been amazing coming through.

“For them to be getting regular game time it just shows how good the young ones are.”

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This season also marked a pivotal point in Halloway’s career as she was appointed the role of captain alongside W-League veteran Ellie Brush.

Stepping up to the leadership position can be a daunting task but Halloway has been relishing her time in the armband.

“They’re an easy bunch to lead and a great bunch to lead so I’m quite proud to do that,” she said.

“I love the club; my loyalty is with them so if I was asked back and given the opportunity again I would of course say yes.”

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After once again being ousted of a spot in the finals the missing ingredient still eludes the Wanderers. Halloway believes that enhancement will come in keeping as many current players as possible in favour of an extensive squad overhaul.

“We’ve started to really hit form now later in the season,” she said.

“If we can retain a lot of our squad, even bolster it with some good signings I think that would be our key to keeping it going.”

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