Susan Phonsongkham already making her mark with Perth Glory

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Perth Glory put last season’s A-League Women disappointment behind them and started the new campaign with a 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar.

New signing Susan Phonsongkham scored a crucial equaliser in the victory after deciding to leave Western Sydney Wanderers over the off-season.

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It wasn’t an easy road for the rising star, she had an unlucky run with injuries which more recently left her out of action for six months.

“I haven’t had a proper go at an A-League Women’s season yet, so to be able to do it at Perth is exciting,” she said.

Phonsongkham has used the time off to prepare mentally and is determined to look past injury blows to have all eyes on Glory.

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“My game has changed since playing with Western Sydney Wanderers due to the injury which has taught me a lot of things mentally, including resilience,” she said.

“I’m just really excited to get back into football and to help Perth, I don’t want to put any heavy expectations on myself, but I’m here to give it one hundred percent.”

Expectations or not, the rising star has given people a reason to remember her name after a late goal in her debut game steered Glory to victory.

“Scoring that goal meant a lot to me personally and to be able to it at Perth and for these girls who’ve been working so hard during the pre-season, it was everything to me,” she said.

Phonsongkham said she was impressed with the turnout for their season opener as fans bought the house down after her goal.

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An injury-free Phonsongkham is ready to get confidence back in her game as she plans to be present and put in the work to get where she wants to be which she believes will help her team.

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The young Matilda’s main goal this season is to enjoy playing the game she loves.

“I just want to keep playing, play as much as I can, help the team as much as I can. I’m looking forward to properly getting back to playing,” she said.

“Physically; I’m feeling really good. I’m ready to go again.”

Feature Image credit: Tom McCarthy

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Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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