Stanbury says Canberra can be top four

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It may only be round three but Canberra United’s new recruit Emma Stanbury believes they can be a top-four contender.

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Two wins and a loss has the side in the top four and the midfielder believes Heather Garriock has assembled the right squad that can push for a spot in the finals.

“I think Heather has been really careful in who she has selected,” Stanbury said.

“She has selected not only players but personalities.

“I think she has really picked the right people to join together and gel together well.”

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With mass changes coming to the squad in the offseason, many would have thought the players would struggle to click but they have done exactly that.

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“It’s the comradery,” Stanbury said.

“In the change rooms we have got the music pumping, we are all singing and we all just get along with each other.”

Stanbury is no stranger to playing under Garriock, having been part of the Sydney University squad that won the treble in the NSW Women’s NPL in 2017.

“There is no other person I would want to be coached by,” she said.

“She is a massive role model to me, an inspiration and a great leader.

“If she went and coached in China, I would go there, but at the end of the day I have found a new home here in Canberra and I would not change it for the world.”

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Even though they suffered a heartbreaking injury-time loss to Melbourne City at home in round two, Stanbury believes the side can challenge for a top four spot.

“There were patches, I just thought that we have got such a great team and you can hear it with the fans,” she said.

“This season is going to be very exciting and I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks, showing more of what we can do.

“As you have seen in patches, we are an excellent team.”

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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