With football as her full-time job Gibbons likes to spend her free time practicing Spanish, doing yoga and exploring, conceding she tends to overthink games if she does not have interests outside of sport.

She also completed a degree in Visual Media and did not rule out a possibility of pursuing it as a career once she hangs up the boots.

Gibbons has enjoyed the lifestyle in Melbourne so far, living with fellow American Kristen McNabb in Melbourne’s south and is set to join  New Jersey side Sky Blue FC once the W-League finishes.

“Natasha Dowie stopped me after we played Boston Breakers last season and she said ‘hey, what do you think about coming to Australia?’ and she looked me dead in the eye,” she said.

“You don’t really say no to Tasha when she does that. I told her I was interested and she put me in contact with Jeff, I spoke to him twice and after that I felt really confident and I just wanted to see what it was all about.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of players that have played over here and seen how many Americans that have come over here. I think it’s a great way to spend the off-season, to explore another country and culture, I’ve really enjoyed it.

“It’s something that now I’ve done once, I know what it’s like and I know the experience. I think it comes down to how my body feels in the off-season and as well as where I’m at with family and personal life.

“Melbourne is cool and definitely different to what I’ve experienced growing up in North Carolina, we don’t necessarily have huge cities.

“There are a lot of places to eat, I’m vegan, so Australia is amazing for me. I’ve really enjoyed the cafes and the weather is awesome, it’s snowing back home right now.

“I’m not really into coffee, but the food is good and I’m big on almond milk, which they have a lot of here.”

Gibbons has become a Victory fan favourite. By Sam Anfield Photography

Gibbons has spent the majority of her adult life out of home and admits she has matured living in a foreign country this season.

She is yet to make an appearance for her country and with international caps and World Cups on her radar, she said she is not getting ahead of herself.

And after Gibbons’ experience in Australia, she said she has grown confident that women’s sport is progressing every day.

“Just in Australia, coming over to a different country and seeing people rally around a sport that hasn’t necessarily garnered as much attention as it has in the US aside from the national team,” Gibbons said.

“To see people rally around the W-League because of what the Matildas have done is really cool. Also watching the Australian Open women’s final (Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki) and two amazing women battle out in such a cool match.

“It’s just the general feeling you get from Australia from the kind of support people have, the love for all kinds of sports, it’s been cool being over here, especially from Melbourne.”

Seventh-placed Victory take on bottom-of-the-table Adelaide United away on Friday night.