Players ready for next season

WESTERN Sydney Wanderers W-League soccer duo Georgia Rowntree and Catherine Cannuli both want to see the infant club become a giant.

While the Wanderers just missed the finals in their debut season there were positive indicators for the 2013/14 season and beyond.

"We were competitive in our first season," Cannuli said.

Cannuli, 27, of Prestons, and Rowntree, 18, of Cecil Hills, both said the team had rich potential.

"It's a great atmosphere here at the Wanderers and they make us feel part of the club," Cannuli said.

"The management involve the team in all activities."

The Wanderers play home games at Marconi Stadium.

Rowntree, a talented young goalkeeper, is in her first season with the fledging club.

The Wanderers were keen to sign Rowntree for her goalkeeping skills and the teenager is regarded as one of the best in her position.

Rowntree is a member of the Westfield Sports High School football program run by Trevor Morgan.

Morgan said Rowntree was a real talent and would be a fine acquisition.

The 175-centimetre tall athlete is also an Australian schoolgirls representative.

Rowntree said she was looking at getting as many opportunities as she could in the W-League this season. Initially, she was signed as the No.2 goalkeeper.

Cannuli and Rowntree both agreed they are looking forward to the local derby, against Sydney FC on Wednesday, January 15, at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah, at 7.30pm.

The match was postponed before Christmas as Sydney FC were playing in the International Women's Club Championship in Japan.

Former Australia player Cannuli, who once played for Sydney FC, said the local derby was always a battle.

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