Libby Copus-Brown on a mission to see Wanderers rise

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It’s been a tough old time of late for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League Women, but with a new coach at the helm, midfield young gun Libby Copus-Brown says the sky’s the limit in 2021/22.

It’s not every day that you come across a footballer at the age of 24 with eight years experience at the professional level.

Starting off her career at Newcastle Jets, Copus-Brown’s early years were very much an apprenticeship, learning the ropes and adapting to the level of the professional game.

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It’s for this reason that she has only registered 34 appearances in that time. We have seen, however, a progression in the amount of appearances per season in the past three and having re-signed for the season ahead, we can expect her to blossom into one of the league’s best young talents.

“I’ve been playing more and more football each season and I’ve been training hard to ensure that continues,” said Copus-Brown.

“I’ll be back in a more attacking role this season which I prefer and it’s fantastic to be working under Catherine (Cannuli), she’s someone I really admire.”

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With this being Cannuli’s first year as head coach, teething issues are expected yet there’s nothing to say the bar won’t be set high. For a club desperate to be back up amongst the best, Copus-Brown believes both herself and her new teammates have their eyes set on the top.

“Catherine is such a passionate person which has really seen us gel as a team and get behind her ambition for finals football,” she said.

“I’m very determined to really push on this season personally, however, I want to be winning trophies with this side and I think that has shown in how hard we’ve trained this pre-season.”

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For Copus-Brown, she certainly has ambitions to play overseas and represent her country at the highest level and it is with the addition of players like Teigen Allen that she says she is learning a lot.

“Obviously Teigen is someone I look up to professionally. She has played abroad and represented the matildas on countless occasions. She’s also a very technical player and someone I’ve been asking a lot of questions to,” Copus-Brown said. 

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“As a young footballer you always want to improve and I’m no different. If I can keep developing, the idea of playing abroad will hopefully look after itself.

“In saying that, the team comes first so I’ll be giving it my absolute all with the aim of helping us return to finals football this season.”

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Feature image credit: Kellie Lemon

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Joseph Esposito
A diploma graduated Sports Media student, currently studying Law. Football obsessed, covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the upcoming 2021/22 A-League season.

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