Cortnee Vine eyeing Matildas selection after finding a home at Sydney FC

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The Sydney FC star has credited a collective motivation for international selection as well as the competitiveness of the league for her side’s excellent start to the campaign.

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Cortnee Vine is just one of a handful of players at the forefront of Sydney FC’s attacking dominance this A-League Women season.

Across six matches, the winger has netted three of the Sky Blues’ impressive 13 goals scored thus far in the 2021/22 season and is showing no signs of slowing down.

At just 23 years of age, Vine is already a proven league journeyman. Having made her debut for Brisbane Roar at the age of 16, she has since played two seasons with Newcastle Jets and one season with Western Sydney Wanderers.

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However, the star forward believes she has finally found a home in the state capital during her second season with the Sky Blues.

“I do believe I have found home as I’m really enjoying my time here.”

According to Vine, joining the three-time ALW champions ahead of the 2020/21 season was an obvious choice. As well as being reacquainted with former Matilda U-20 teammates Remy Siemsen, Princess Ibini and Ally Green among others, it was an offer from head coach Ante Juric that proved too good to refuse.

“Ante approached me and said that he was looking to build a young squad, which was something that really appealed to me,” she said.

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Ultimately, it was Juric’s approach which signified a major turning point for the league. Upon Vine’s arrival at the club, the shortage of international players due to the pandemic loomed large across the competition, forcing many clubs to turn to its young homegrown talent.

Despite the shortage, worsened by the mass emigration of Matildas stars to the UK, Vine believes that the league has held its own.

“It’s hard to see what’s changed, having started at the Roar when I was only 16,” she said.

“But I think the league has improved. It’s nice to see young players getting a run instead of internationals who are just coming over here for a holiday.”

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In conjunction with Sydney’s table-topping start to the season, Vine has credited the team’s on-and-off-the-field chemistry, as well as motivation for selection in the national team with establishing a culture of success.

“For me, and especially all the players that came up with me in the U-20’s, I think that everyone is just so determined to keep their place in the team through having that international goal in mind,” she said.

With the Matildas currently full of superstars, Vine is still yet to make an appearance for the first team.

“I’ve been on the shortlist for a while, so it has been at the back of my mind,” she said. “But it’s hard to control the uncontrollable. At the end of the day it is a representative squad, so it is really up to Tony (Gustavsson) to decide who he wants and who he doesn’t.”

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Nearing the mid-way point of the season and with an impressive run of form under her belt, Vine will undoubtedly look to bolster her claims for international selection beginning with Sydney’s clash against the Roar on Saturday night.

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Jimmy Alexander
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/22 A-League season. Studying a Bachelor of Sports Media (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University.

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