A lot has happened for Ellie Carpenter in the past two years, but the 18-year-old still has bigger fish to fry.
“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.”