There is no place like home for Nicki Flannery

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After a busy start Nicki Flannery is proving to be one of the key players in Canberra United’s rebuilding season where they’re hoping to bring glory back to the nation’s capital.

Currently sitting atop the W-League ladder, scoring last minute screamers for United is a dream return for the home-town star as she embarks on hopefully another successful season in green.

Arriving back to Canberra after her stint in Newcastle, Flannery is proving to be a crucial piece of the puzzle for Vicki Linton’s revamp for United. But based on the year that has been, this move was as good for herself as it was for the club.

“Playing for your home-town is just something that you can’t really put into words. You just kind of get shivers as soon as you walk on the field in Canberra. You just feel so special and valued,” said Flannery.

“It’s definitely something you want to do as much as possible while you can.”

It was also hard for her to look past what Linton was trying to build for the club during the off-season.

“I managed to bump into Vicki at one of our NPL games and have a chat. And she seemed to be talking to all the right people I love being around and a lot of them are who have been past players here at Canberra United.

“To be honest, it just seemed like the right fit for me.”

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Despite enjoying her time with the Newcastle Jets, the opportunity to come home was something too good to pass up.

”I learnt a lot off my teammates and my coaches [at Newcastle]. I definitely valued the move that I made. It was a very special experience and I’m very grateful that I did that.

“But obviously I am really stoked to be back home.”

At just 21 years-old and with the best years of her career ahead, Flannery’s future still holds lots of possibilities. With her head down into her studies and her eye’s up on the road ahead, she admitted that her goals of playing overseas and in the upcoming FIFA World Cup are still in her sights.

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Although these potential futures sit in the back of her mind, her down to earth attitude has kept her headspace in the moment. And her number one priority right now is her future with Canberra.

“I’m very much in a position where I’m just looking to keep developing in the W-League and backing myself as much as I can.And hopefully that leads to an opportunity.”

Feature photo credit – Canberra United

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Rory O'Connor
23 year old student at the University of Canberra studying Sports Media.