“No one can pronounce it, it happens everywhere!” Galabadaarachchi begins telling London's Evening Standard, addressing the first point nearly everyone must raise upon first hearing of her.

“But it is hard... it is 16 letters so what do you expect!"

The second point is inevitably just how good she is for an 18-year-old. Yet to make a full Matildas cap, the Australian U/20 will be a household name soon enough, regardless if anyone can pronounce it or not.

The forward has impressed during her brief spell in West Ham, making a sensational contribution in a pre-season match against Tottenham Hotspur before making her Women's Super League debut in a narrow loss to Joe Montemurro's Arsenal.



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It was a mixture of precocious skill and fiery attitude on show that sums up Galabadaarachchi nicely. She she noted to UK newspaper, she was brought up fighting boys on Victorian park grounds.

Hell, she even had to fight for the ability to fight boys.

“They made a rule that girls had to play with girls,” she says.

“I wanted to play with boys’ teams because I thought I was good enough. Me and my mum argued it was not fair. They ended up letting me play and I was the only girl playing in the boys’ league that year.

“The boys at the start were, not intimidated, but they did not really trust you and did not know if you are going to be good. After the first session they changed their mind. You nutmeg them a couple of times, tackle them and then they are fine after that!

“Playing with boys makes you more aggressive, makes you think faster and in England, the game is a lot faster and more aggressive, so it has helped me adapt to the game here quicker.”

Comparing the WSL to her spell at Perth Glory in the W-League, in which she quickly showed her worth and was off to UK again (she originally trialled with Manchester United and City when she was younger), she says English football can offer something Australia can't.

“The football here is faster than Australia, more aggressive and the tempo is higher. I play a very South American type of style, which is different," she says.

"But it is going to help me improve as a player because it is a lot of running, a lot of speed, a lot of aggression and those are all things I want to get better at."