WEST Hoxton's Leena Khamis has signed a new contract with her club Sydney FC despite being a year out of the game with a knee injury.
The former Matildas national star said the chance of playing soccer again after such a big injury has revitalised her.
Khamis, 27, had a knee reconstruction 13 months ago and missed the 2012/12 W-League competition.
"It feels like I'm 14 again," Khamis said.
"I am loving going to training and having the injury last year has made me hungrier than ever.
"I helped out on the coaching side of things last season but that has given me an extra edge to play this year, and hopefully I can take what our coach Alen Stajcic sees onto the field."
The striker is also aiming to return to the highest level if she can show the new Matildas head coach Hesterine de Reus what she is capable of.
"Firstly, I just want to get my slot in the Sydney FC starting eleven back, and obviously I wouldn't mind scoring a goal or two, Khamis said. "I don't want to set targets too high because this is my first big injury, but the national coach hasn't seen me play yet, and if I can get a good season under my belt then I'd like to work myself back into that squad as well."
The 2013/14 W-League season starts November 10.