A lot has happened for Ellie Carpenter in the past two years, but the 18-year-old still has bigger fish to fry.
Carpenter has just returned from a super season with NWSL side Portland Thorns after playing 19 games - including the playoff final in which they lost 3-0 to North Carolina Courage.
The teenager made her Matildas debut at just 15 and already has 21 caps under belt as a key part of coach Alen Stajcic's plans for the future.
The former Western Sydney Wanderer relocated to the nation’s capital last season and played 10 games for Canberra United.
The defender played in the Asian Cup and Algarve Cup this and is now determined to play a good W-League season with United.
“I definitely think I’ve grown as a player and a person, especially in the last 12 months being over in the US,” Carpenter told The Women’s Game.
“I feel like I’ve matured a lot especially for my age and I’m just adapting to the lifestyle where I’m living overseas and coming back home for a few months and it’s a routine I think I’ll have for a while.
“I’m excited to be back at Canberra. Being here last season, I thought it would be good to come back and have another good season here. Hopefully I can help the team make the top four and lift the trophy.”
Carpenter added playing league football abroad was something she could use as a reference point in her career.
She had fellow Aussies Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso at the club, but also looked up to the local heroes in the side.
“Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Christine Sinclair were up there with world’s best players, so it was great playing alongside them,” she said.
“I learnt a lot from them and they helped me out a lot in so many aspects of the game and I was excited to always play with them on the field.
“It was amazing to sign with a club like Portland, it’s one of the best clubs in the world for women and the fan base we have with 20,000 at every game.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it walking out every weekend and it’s a full stadium screaming for you and chanting. It’s every footballer's dream to play in front of a sold out crowd and to do that every game was crazy and unbelievable.
“Looking at the facilities we had, we were treated like professionals and it was an amazing season. It was exciting to play in a championship match, albeit we lost, but it was a great experience and I can’t wait to go back next year.”
Carpenter also admitted she was pumped thinking about the 2019 World Cup in France.
She remains the youngest footballer to compete at the Olympics and she was keen to tick the World Cup off the bucket list.
“I don’t really let the pressure really worry me. I just try to focus on myself, play my best football and I don’t really listen to what other people say,” Carpenter said.
“I get really excited thinking about the World Cup, I hope I can stay fit and healthy and then make the squad. It would be my first World Cup as well, so I’m buzzing.
“It’s always an honour to play for your country and to play a lot of games this year for Australia was great and I need to keep working hard, so I can keep my spot.”