Canberra United legend Ashleigh Sykes was looking forward to sitting on the hill at McKellar Park to watch her former teammates this season – but in an unexpected twist of events she is pulling on the green jersey once again.
The season for Canberra hasn't been going to plan however, and they currently sit seventh on the ladder with nine points.
The team's winless streak on the road extended to 417 days after going down 1-0 to Perth Glory and they could miss finals if they don't win their three remaining games.
"We just have to keep trying to work out how we can get the best out of the team and that is part of the challenge of being a coach," she said. "That's where my focus is."
The question though is whether Sykes will ever move on from Canberra United one day.
"It's hard to step away completely – but you kind of get a summer if you don't play, watch or coach... and it's something to look forward to if you aren't involved in the club," Sykes said.
"It's been part of my life for 11 years now and this is what a normal summer looks like and I hope it continues for as long as possible."
Canberra United are back at McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon as they face Adelaide United from 3pm.