To call recent Melbourne Victory debutant Polly Doran a high-achiever might be underselling things a tad.
“Throughout the whole of my secondary schooling there, they really helped us with how to manage that. I felt when the time did come where I was having to balance full-time training and school, I was able to do that quite easily with time management.
“[By VCE time] I’d gotten used to a heavy training load training with school and Calder, so the school really made it easy for me and the coaches at Victory did as well. I didn’t find it too hard but there was definitely a lot on at once.
“[Victory pre-season’s] been really good, I’ve enjoyed it a lot and it’s been pretty full-on; finishing school and then jumping straight into that.
“But I’ve just been trying to put my head down and try to improve every day. The coaching staff and players have been really good, they’ve made the transition really easy for me to that professional environment so I’m really enjoying it."
Doran and her teammates will look to regroup from their opening round defeat to the Harboursiders this Thursday when they travel to Queensland to take on Brisbane Roar at Dolphin Stadium in round two’s edition of Hersday Night Football.
Despite playing two of the W-League’s title favourites in the opening two rounds of the season, there will be no let-up for Victory.
The squad is set to jet off to South Korea to take on Japanese side Nippon TV Beleza, Chinese side Jiangsu Suning and South Korean side Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels in the first AFC Women's Club Championship from November 26-30.
“We get back on Friday afternoon and then we’ll head off on Saturday for Korea,” said Doran
“It’ll be exciting just to see a different culture and different styles of play. Hopefully, we can do well and show them what us Australian teams are about.
“I think we’ve got a good squad this year and the coaches are putting a lot of belief into everyone so, hopefully, I can get some game time and get my confidence up so when we come back I can do my job in the W-League well.
“Individually I’m just trying to better my game as much as I can; every day I’m trying to learn as much as I can.
“Obviously from there I’m trying to get myself selected for the Young Matildas' squads and some of those teams coming up. I’m trying to get myself into as many teams as I can for Victory, play as many games as I can, score a goal or two if I can and as a team, we want to try and win everything.
“I believe we have the squad to do it and so do the other players and coaches.”