Brisbane Roar midfielder Katrina Gorry is set to play her 10th season of W-League, so we sat down with her to discuss the upcoming season.
Q: Mini, an exciting season coming up once again.
A: Yeah really excited. It's good to be back and seeing how hard the girls worked in the off-season. I think it's gonna be an exciting year and to see the young ones get the experience in W-League is going to be exciting for us.
Q: Looking to season 11. How do you think the calibre is this season with the number of internationals clubs have signed?
A: Yeah, I think it's going to be one of the best seasons we've had. We've obviously got a lot of internationals across all the teams now and all the teams look really strong and a lot of local movement as well, which is really good. I know our girls have been working really hard which is really exciting for us and internationals are now here with us also so it's starting to feel like a bit more of a squad now.
Q: Reflecting on last season and it was a sad way to end it with the semifinal loss to Melbourne City. Are you using that this season as some kind of motivation to be Champions once again?
A: Obviously it's really tough, winning the Premiership and not going all the way but we learned a lot in that season and we've all grown as players and as people. We've set our individual goals, we set our team goals and obviously, we want to win championships and premierships but I think if we succeed on our team goals and the little things that we want to achieve throughout the season. It will set us up for the championship.
Q: Looking to 2019 and you got a World Cup coming up with Matildas. What are you doing to prepare for that as an individual?
I've taken some time off after the NWSL season which I really needed and I think that's only going to prepare me even better for next year, to give me the best chance to make the World Cup team. I think this W-League season is going to be huge for a lot of players to show what we can do and for the young ones to put their hand up and say I want to be selected. So I think it's going to be a really exciting season leading into the World Cup and I'm sure we're going to be in some camps next year and having games the entire world class teams.
Q: What are you looking to execute this season? Obviously, you want to be champions but is there anywhere on the field that the team want to work on particularly?
I think we just need to need to score goals, that's something that we haven't really been able to master in the last couple of seasons and we want to play an attacking brand of football. That's what Mel's philosophy is. She wants people to play freely, play confidently and do what they do without fear and I think that's something that we have in this team. We have such different players that have flair and they want to play with that so I think if we can get those people in comfortable environments, they will play an exciting brand of football and that's what we want to do.
Q: With two new internationals coming in who are you excited to play with?
Probably Yuki. I played in Japan and I love that Japanese style and how technically gifted they are and how much they work on their technique. So to have her and our team is pretty special and I think it's going to be an exciting season.