In February, Canberra United - the club Leena Khamis played with last season in the W-League - tweeted the 34-year-old would wear the captain's armband in what was "likely to be her last game".
Eight months- and a COVID-19 pandemic later - the former West Hoxton resident is back in the W-League having signed to return to the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The striker, who was at the Wanderers during the 2018/19 season, started her career with Sydney FC in 2008 scoring the competition's very first goal.
Coach Dean Heffernan is hoping Khamis' experience - which includes three premierships and championship with the Sky Blues - will help his young squad go one better than last year's exit one week before the grand final.
"Leena has a wealth of experience that many of our young players can learn from and has been pivotal in shaping the Westfield W-League competition into what it is today," Heffernan said.
"We're looking forward to working with Leena and bringing the best out of her this W-League season."
The former Matilda said she is "really excited" for the upcoming season which starts on December 27.
"Western Sydney is home," Khamis said. "Every year that I play I want to win. It's every player's dream of making finals and winning the league. So I hope this season we go one better than last season and make it to the grand final."