Brush leaves AFLW to push for Matildas contention

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Playing in both the W-League and the AFLW is not easy, but one of Sydney FC’s new signings this season says she does not regret a thing.

Ellie Brush has a great passion for both football and AFL, but the 31-year-old acknowledges she is entering the twilight years of a long career.

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“It would be really nice if we didn’t have to choose,” she said.

“The toll it takes on your body is a lot greater but it has been a blessing in the sense of being able to get my body to the strongest level.

She attributes her resilience to a year away from football in 2018 when she focussed solely on AFLW.

This year, Brush will be putting her footy career on hold as she looks to find her way back into the Matildas setup.

Brush is not alone in her decision to leave the AFLW competition to focus on football after AFLW counterpart Jenna McCormick made the same decision this season.

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“The AFL have been really good in the fact that they wanted to sign me knowing that I might not be involved much at all with soccer being my main priority this season,” Brush said.

“I have bigger goals that I want to pursue in soccer.

“It’s no secret that it’s a dream of mine to represent the Matildas again and I feel like I can really push for an inclusion in that setup if I have a good season.”

Her move to the defending champions has raised questions about her time at cross-town rivals Western Sydney Wanderers but Brush said her decision to join the Sky Blues was nothing against her former club.

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The former Canberra United player said there were a number of clubs in contention for her signature this season.

“It’s a business kind of thing at the end of the day,” she said.

“I reached out to some of the other coaches I knew and spoke to a few different clubs.

“He [Ante Juric] approached me when I was playing for the Northern Tigers in the NPL, so it was a mix of both luck and good timing.”

Feature image credit: Keith McInnes

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Jordan Warren
Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.

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