She may be only gracing the W-League with seven appearances as a guest player throughout the 2018/19 season, but Denise O’Sullivan is hoping to nurture Canberra United’s bright young prodigies before setting off back to America.

O’Sullivan is only 24-years-old but has already represented the Ireland national team 60-odd times, which highlights her incredible experience at a young age.

The player on loan from American outfit North Carolina Courage is hoping to make use of her time in Australia by not only winning games for her team, but also provide as much guidance as she can for the sides up and coming starlets.

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Coach Heather Garriock signed four Canberra locals Laura Hughes, Lauren Keir, Aoife Colvill and Maddy Whittall ahead of the campaign.

O’Sullivan has already adapted to her role as a role model.

“Obviously I have a lot of caps, a lot of experience internationally,” O’Sullivan said.

“I have a lot of experience in the USA, won a lot of trophies. For me it’s about giving the younger players advice and wanting them to get better.

“We have a lot of good younger players. Ellie Carpenter is in the team and she’s really good, plays for Australia. Our young girls are stepping up, Laura Hughes had a very good game on the weekend. She’s stepping up and putting her mark on the squad.”

O’Sullivan was convinced to join United by club captain Rachel Corsie, who she has a pre-existing relationship with that stretches back to their time together at Glasgow City and now that the pair have reunited, they have a lot of experience to pass down.

“It helps having us players,” O’Sullivan said.

“I think we have a good eye for the game.

“We have good vision and good knowledge of what to do in the game.

“For us to help the younger girls, keep talking to them and have them ask questions, I think that helps them.”

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Though O’Sullivan’s tenure in Australia will be a short one but she hopes to leave her mark – and knows what she needs to do in order to do so.

“Work hard everyday in training, connect with the younger players by helping them.

“Also I want to win as many games as I can and give everything to the shirt while I play for this club.”

 

Feature image credit: Lawrence Atkin

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