It was an ever-lingering question around Brisbane Roar’s W-League press conferences this season: “When’s Jenna heading back to Adelaide?”

Although it seemed the Roar never really knew that question’s answer, they were able to somehow keep dual-code defensive star Jenna McCormick out of the AFLW’s Adelaide Crow’s clutches until season’s end when they lost their semi-final match-up against eventual champions Sydney FC.

Though both Roar and Crows have seemed to work out agreeable terms (unlike in 2017-18, when Brisbane only had McCormick for half the season, losing out to AFLW preseason), there’ll forever be questions around where McCormick’s allegiances truly lie.

As can be imagined, it’s been challenging for McCormick herself to stay completely focused on both codes.

“It’s not that easy actually. It’s quite difficult to know where I am and focus on the sport I’m doing at the time. But it’s been good for me and the mental side of things being here in Brisbane,” she said.

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“It’s been easy to focus on soccer while I’m here and I know when I go back down to Adelaide I’m there for footy.

“It has been better separating the two and having a definitive line between the two sports, it’s made changing the mindset a little bit easier.

“Last year, I felt I was switching codes day-to-day, getting a little bit jumbled in the head and maybe that effected my performance for soccer and for footy.”

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Mental struggles or not, you’d be hard-pressed to argue that McCormick has had anything but an exemplary season for Brisbane.

Her on-ball ability and passing has perfectly complemented back line compatriot Clare Polkinghorne’s no-nonsense playing style.

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While a touted-by-many Matildas call-up for the upcoming Cup of Nations wasn’t forthcoming for McCormick, it’s a frame she’s very much beginning to enter.

Only 24 years-old, she has more than enough time on her side.

“I’m trying just not to think about it too much, I’m trying to focus on me. My mentality all year had just been ‘enjoy yourself, have fun, don’t live with any regrets’ – that’s been my main thing,” she said.

“That mindset has helped take the pressure off: just focusing on having fun has contributed to my good personal season that I’ve had.

“If anything comes out of it, then that’s fantastic for me, and I’ll take it with open arms. Any opportunity to represent my country will always come first over anything.”

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