Four W-League rising stars to keep an eye on

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The W-League is the breeding ground for some of the world’s best female footballers, so it’s logical that we could very well see some of these players representing the Matildas in two or six years time.

Having more eyes on our W-League stars than ever before, Australia has the chance to showcase the future talent of world football.

With less international players on our shores and most of the current Matildas starting squad playing abroad, it’s the perfect opportunity for Australia’s best young players to show what they have got.

And based on the talent we have already seen come out of the W-League, we shouldn’t be too surprised to see these names and many more dominate on the world’s biggest stage soon enough.

 

1. Jessika Nash

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Having cemented her spot in the starting line-up for Canberra United at just 16 years-old, Nash looks set to be a defender for the ages in Australian football.

Nash has already proven her leadership skills as captain for the junior Matildas at the 2019 AFC U16 Women’s Championship. It’s definitely possible that we’ll also see her captaining the senior Matildas setup in the future.

 

2. Tijan McKenna

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Another prodigy in her first W-League season, McKenna has already represented the country at the under 16’s level. Having already scored three goals in her first four international matches, McKenna may not be too far off opening her Perth Glory account.

If McKenna were to follow suit with the success of fellow Perth raised legend Sam Kerr, it wouldn’t be pushing it too far to see them playing in the same line-up for the Matildas.

 

3. Hayley Taylor-Young

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In an already stacked roster at Canberra United, Taylor-Young has been playing her role off the bench as good as anyone in the league.

Not only has she been crucial in the dying stages of United’s first two wins this season but Taylor-Young scored the 87th minute equaliser in their outing against Glory.

Coming off the bench with the electric energy Taykor-Young has at the end of the game is just as important as being in the starting eleven, and she could play this role with the Matildas too.

 

4. Leticia McKenna

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Already into her third season in the W-League at just 18 years-old, McKenna is lining up with one of the most experienced squads in the league.

Coming into a new squad this year with the Brisbane Roar, McKenna has the opportunity to learn and thrive off some of the best the W-League has to offer.

This early experience combined with her talent and time spent with the Young Matildas mean McKenna should absolutely be considered for a call-up to the national setup sometime in the near future.

Feature image credit – Tom McCathy

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Rory O'Connor
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