With the news that Bankstown City FC would be participating in the 2013 NSW Women’s Super League competition, the club hit the ground running.
Building a club from the ground up takes patience, the right frame of mind and, of course, a positive attitude.
Thanks to the acquisition of Dejan Strezovski as the club’s technical director as well as the senior coaching staff of the accomplished Ross Anderson and former Socceroo Gustavo Cerro, a strong club culture was born.
With news travelling fast that Bankstown City were establishing themselves as a fresh start for players, where they have the ability to play ‘pretty’ football and showcase their skills in a positive limelight, there was no shortage of players wanting to be seen in the historic red and black kit and enjoy the comforts of Jensen Park.
In what can only be considered as the biggest signing in recent Women’s Super League history, Bankstown announced that former Marconi Stallions and Premier League star Samantha Muscat would take the position of club captain – a role the influential playmaker is relishing:
“Our squad definitely has the potential to be very competitive in our first year. We have the perfect balance between experience and youth and on our day we will be very tough to beat.”
It is Samantha’s uncle who kick-started her passion in the round ball game from a young age, “football is in my blood. My dad and my uncle taught me the basics and it wasn’t until I went to Malta for a holiday that my cousins really showed me what you can do with the ball and so it is from there that football became more than just a game, it became my life and has made me the person I am today.”
Joining Samantha in the first team set up in 2013 include the likes of Bianca Howarth, Mansio Michael, Beautrice Sim-Sing, Ashley Kirby and the safest hands in the competition, Amanda Horafios.
All bring a wealth of Premier League experience, knowledge and wisdom to the squad, which will help the club rise to prominence next season.
Young and upcoming stars to keep an eye on next season will be 16 year old left back Elyse Cuerden, 17 year old midfield maestro Amy Jagelman and Tijana Cerro, who has been dubbed ‘the silent assassin’ for her ability to make game changing runs from almost any position on the field.
Bankstown City FC is more than just a club. It is a family now. With every player working together alongside the parents, coaches and everyone else behind the scenes, there is no hiding the professionalism that the club are working towards and the high expectations in 2013.
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