Matildas veteran Lisa De Vanna believes teenage South Melbourne teammate Melina Ayres needs to step out of her comfort zone.
“I think that’s what she’ll become and she’ll bloom a little bit better. I think that’s the case for everybody.
“It’s easy, but once you take them out of their comfort zone, they have to grow as people. That’s up to her, she needs a different challenge.”
De Vanna is unsure whether she’ll play the full game in the Grand Final on Sunday.
The 33-year-old has played nine games for South this season and is set to rejoin Sydney FC in the W-League for the upcoming campaign.
The Matilda was flying to Sydney every week to play and train with boys to maintain her fitness after the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
De Vanna is eyeing the 2019 World Cup in France, but concentrating on a good W-League season first.
“There’s no such thing as definite for anybody, anything can happen with injuries and things can change,” she added.
“I really enjoyed my time last year in Sydney. I also had Chloe Logarzo who’s one of my best mates. I had a good support network and I really enjoyed Ante (Juric’s) coaching philosophy. I just want to make sure I’m there from day one.
“Loz is a good kid, she gets confident every international game she plays. She’s got a lot of heart, she’s got two legs, so she can run through every body and she’s the unsung hero.
“She’s not that superstar where people say, ‘Oh wow’, but she all the hard work people don’t see.”
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