With the type of attitude that team-mates, coaches and fans absolutely love, Chelsea Blissett is more than just a future star.
The Young Matilda is the real deal and her second campaign in the W-League is her chance to prove it.
Melbourne City defender Chelsea Blissett is one of the youngsters that coach Rado Vidosic will be banking on come the business end of the season.
The Young Matilda had an impressive debut season at City in 2018/19, but will be hoping to take her game to another level as her club looks to reclaim past glories.
“My main ambition is to keep getting more game time and keep learning and growing with the amazing players I am with,” she said.
“I want to improve my game and be more aware and more composed on the ball.”
The program is an intensive one with the young ladies expected to train five times per week, including some double sessions, before playing a match against boys in the Talent Sports Program.
Blissett was full of praise for the environment she found herself in.
The Young Matildas were comprehensively knocked out of the tournament after some heavy defeats including a 9-1 thrashing at the hands of South Korea, a 7-0 drubbing to Japan and a 5-1 defeat against North Korea.
Blissett admitted it was a disappointment the way the tournament went but was adamant there were more positives than negatives to come out of it.
“We competed against some of the best countries in the world, not just Asia,” she said. “It was a good learning experience to see where we were at compared to girls our age internationally.
The positive attitude in the 19-year-old is very refreshing and reflects the fine young lady that came from the regional town of Albury to the bright lights of Melbourne (to play with South Melbourne in the NPLW in 2017 and 2018) and then Sydney.
City host a young Adelaide team on Saturday night in Shepparton where Blissett will come up against a Young Matilda team mate in Mary Fowler. The 16-year-old striker is one of the most exciting footballers in the country and Blissett is looking forward to the challenge.
“Yeah I am excited to play against Mary, I have trained with her all year, so it isn’t anything new to come up against her,” she said. “She is a very talented player and is one to watch in the W League.
Melbourne City fans, team mates and coaches will be well pleased to have a young woman so determined to succeed.