Future Matilda McKenna and her move to the Sunshine State

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Former Perth Glory midfielder Leticia McKenna is relishing the challenge of moving to Brisbane, maintaining a starting position and envisaging a Matildas call up.

The Young Matilda sees her move to the Roar as an opportunity to restart at a new club and revisit similar feelings she had when debuting for Perth as a 16-year-old.

McKenna praises the role her former Glory teammates, including Chelsea star Sam Kerr, had in giving her the confidence she needs upon embarking on this new chapter.

“I really wanted to challenge myself. I enjoyed my time at first, but I really wanted to put myself out of my comfort zone,” McKenna said.

“I’m very humbled to have played alongside Sam and all the other big names at the time. They helped me so much and made it easier for me to come into this new environment, just being more confident with myself.”

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The midfielder is so far enjoying both living and playing in the Sunshine State.

“I’m loving it here. Coming to Brisbane, I think it was a good idea and it just happened at the right time,” McKenna said.

“I’m loving the team environment and just being amongst the girls has been really great. I’ve been very fortunate to make many friends.”

McKenna, who has started in all four of the Roar’s 2020/21 W-League fixtures, is determined to continue this trend whilst also dreaming of a Matildas call up.

“I want to continue to keep starting within the team and making sure I’m not getting complacent with my starting position at the moment,” she said.

“It is definitely still a goal mine to hopefully one day get that Matildas call up but at the moment, I’m just concentrated on the W-league. It’s always in the back of my mind, but yeah really focused at the moment.”

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McKenna and the Roar have been focused on trying to secure their first win of the season after four draws in their first four encounters.

“It has been frustrating not to get a win but we’re still really positive and we’re still undefeated. Keep that in the back of our minds and we will keep being positive and continue to play football,” McKenna said.

“I think we just need to really start enjoying the game, playing for fun and not putting too much pressure on ourselves to score goals.”

McKenna believes the side, who have only managed two goals in their first four matches, need to work on their finishing without over doing it.

“We have done a few more shooting drills, but we’re not getting overwhelmed by it. It’s just a bit more practice and then the goals will start coming in,” she said.

“Myself and a few others get a few extra balls after [training] and we are shooting at the goal doing drills together to help each other out; it’s been really good.”

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McKenna said dealing with this COVID-impacted season has been challenging, but the squad were not using the radical fixture changes as an excuse.

“I think now that games have started it’s easy to stay motivated because we know that fixtures are always changing, and you could be playing in the next few days or in a week,” she said.

“It would be nice to have a fixed schedule to know what’s upcoming. But still, we’re making it work and whatever challenge we’ve got next, we’re attacking it 100 per cent.”

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar/Kyoko Kurihara

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