McCormick calls for W-League to become a year-round competiton

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After a five-month spell at Real Betis, Jenna McCormick returned to the W-League and cemented her spot in Melbourne City’s defence this season.

Despite making just one appearance in Spain, the 26-year-old says that the main problem was the language barrier.

“I definitely would have liked to play more games,” she said.

“The language barrier was quite a big part of making this experience really difficult.

“It just didn’t really feel like I was a valued member of the team.”

It made McCormick eager to return to the W-League. At the time, she did not even consider anymore offers from Europe.

“The best thing for me was to come back to Melbourne, just to find some love for the game again and find some consistent minutes,” she said.

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However, a return to Europe is still big on McCormick’s agenda.

The main reason is a lack of competitive matches domestically, with the W-League only having 12 regular season games.

“The length that it is, we have got to find other options to keep playing all year round and give ourselves every chance to be playing at international level,” McCormick said.

Having more matches per season is why McCormick believes the Spanish league is better than the W-League.

“The league in Spain is better quality than it is here. They have more international players and better players coming over there probably because the length of the season is nicer to be in,” she said.

“It is nice as a player to have that security, knowing where you’re going to be for more than four months in a year.”

As such, she hopes to see the W-League season extended.

“One of the ways we’re going to improve the league here is by making the league well grown, providing more financial support for players to come over and commit to a full nine-month season.”

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This would also make players more eager to stay in Australia, rather than looking for opportunities abroad.

“It is a great thing to be able to stay Australia.

“It would be better, eventually, for Australian-based players to be able to stay and have more of a professional league here,” said the Matilda.

Once the season finishes, she will have to look overseas in order to remain fit for the upcoming Olympics.

“It is that time between now and the Olympics that we have to fill in the gaps with training and games to give ourselves every opportunity to be selected for the 18 that go away,” said McCormick.

In the meantime, she has two more W-League matches remaining as City play winless Perth Glory twice in a row.

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