New Glory recruit ready to step out of sister’s shadow and make her own mark

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The name ‘McKenna’ packs a new punch for Glory fans this season, with young gun Tijan McKenna joining the W-League side to step out of her sister’s shadow and write her own story.

Just as her older sister and Glory season-regular Leticia McKenna makes the move to Brisbane Roar for 2020/21 Westfield W-League season, Tijan is there to fill in her purple boots and come out with a bang.

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The midfielder joins the squad at the ripe age of 16, following a brief stint with the Junior Matildas in 2019. She said she did not anticipate her selection, but was prepared for the challenge.

“When I got the call up for the contract, I was very overwhelmed, I didn’t see it coming. When I heard it, I was so excited and I felt ready to come to the W-League and try to make a good name for myself,” she said.

“At the start I was nervous because obviously she’s [Leticia] moved clubs so I wouldn’t really have her in the same environment but at the same time I feel like it’s a little road for me to follow and try and make my own name over hers.”

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Above all, McKenna is looking to improve her game this season, she said, by learning from her teammates to make each session better than the one before.

In doing so, the new recruit said her relationship with her sister as a child had been very formative to her nature as a player.

“We were very competitive, but it was good, it helped us to improve so together we made each other better,” she said.

“Even now, we are talking all the time and we are just helping each other on the way.”

Rest assured, the up-and-comer admits her family will be supporting Perth come time for the pair to meet on the field.

Feature image credit: Tom McCarthy

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