Canberra United building depth as they search for elusive win

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While on the score sheet they read only one win from six matches, Canberra United have more to work on behind the scenes as they focus on building the depth of their playing roster.

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After last season, Canberra went through a huge overhaul as their team list was all but flipped on its head as they welcomed a new head coach and 13 changes to the squad.

A total of nine players have already made their debut for the club, while familiar faces Nickoletta Flannery and Ellie Brush both returned to Canberra after both suffering ACL injuries.

It may be slow going at the moment as they search for their second win, but the depth of young players they are developing could pay off for them in the long term.

Ellen Gett was one player who played her first minutes in green this season after transferring from Brisbane Roar and she says working as a group has been the biggest thing she’s learnt so far.

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“It’s all about the team. I think that if you work as a team and you focus on your team goals, and work very hard together and be united then anything can happen,” she said.

While they have fallen just short of some more wins, there is still belief within the team that they have more to give and are on the cusp of their potential for more wins.

“We’ve had a few of those games where you feel like you should have won, but the result doesn’t show the awesome performances that we’ve had. But I feel very soon the results and the performances are going to align and we will be very dangerous,” Gett said.

Another new face in the Canberra side is young goalkeeper Keely Segavcic, who has joined from the Northbridge Bulls in NSW.

Just to be given the opportunity to join the team has been a major milestone for the 20-year-old as she focuses on learning everything she can under the wings of fellow keepers Keeley Richards and Chloe Lincoln.

Segavcic’s eagerness to help be part of a team has helped her to settle right into her first role in an A-League Women’s squad.

“Even though I am new to this professional environment I want to step up my own game, but I also want to help others step up their game as well,” she said.

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With Richards currently out with an injury, Segavcic got her first opportunity in round eight to join the team on gameday against Melbourne Victory.

“I haven’t debuted yet but just getting my name on the team sheet, I think was a massive first for me. And even though I’m not a starting position or anything like that, you never know what could happen,” she said.

Feature image: Mark Metcalfe

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Grace Buckmaster
Grace Buckmaster
Sports Media student at the University of Canberra. Covering Canberra United for the 2022/23 season. Women's sport enthusiast.

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