Young Matildas Lexie Moreno is determined to take her game to the next level in the 2017/18 W-League season.
Perth Glory announced the 16-year-old had re-signed for the upcoming season.
Moreno came on the scene after scoring on debut against Canberra United last season and went on to make several further substitute appearances.
She moved from a scholarship to a full contract and is now looking to take the next step in her career.
"When I came on against Sydney FC, I looked around and there's Chloe Logarzo, Caitlin Foord and Lisa De Vanna, three Westfield Matildas players right there," Moreno said.
"To share the pitch with players like that made me really proud and determined to try and reach the level that they are at right now.
"Getting that taste made me hungrier to want to continue to get more games for Glory and to learn from the players around me.
"This year, my aim is to make the teamsheet more regularly, week-in, week-out, work hard and make an impact off the bench if I get put on," she said.
Her journey to becoming a starting XI player started several months ago when she threw herself into what was a pre-pre-season program almost as soon as the 2017/18 campaign came to an end.
She joined the Glory NPL Under-18s full-time, which gave her three sessions a week plus gym and sprint programs.
"Obviously playing with the boys is always going to benefit you both physically and mentally because it's a different environment and you have to be more independent in a way; you have to earn their respect," she said.
"Thinking about where I was 12 months ago to where I am now, I'm really happy."
The commitment from Moreno hasn't gone unnoticed by Head Coach Bobby Despotovski.
"She's an extraordinary talent, but she knows that she needs to get her fitness up to the level required for the W-League and she's been working really hard to do that.
"Lexie definitely has the ability to be a future Matilda and we are keen to play our part in her development."
Moreno becomes the second player to join Glory after Eliza Campbell signed to the club in late August.