Sykes netted 37 goals across 108 appearances in green, including 12 in one season to guide Canberra United to the Premiership, and said she is excited to begin a new chapter in her football career.

“I am already looking forward to the season beginning again,” Sykes said. “I will obviously be involved in a different capacity this year, but it’s an exciting step in my football career.

"I can’t wait to work alongside Heather in the professional environment we have within Canberra United.

“This club has been a big part of my life so contributing again as a coach and helping the next generation of players is very important to me.”

Sykes retired earlier this year after 10 seasons with United in the W-League to take up a role as Game Development Manager at Capital Football while undertaking coaching courses.

Garriock hailed Sykes's appointment and said she would be a great addition to the sideline staff during the upcoming season.

“I had an excellent working relationship with Ash during last season and I can’t wait for that to evolve into a winning coaching team,” Garriock said.

“Ash has an excellent football brain and will bring so much to the sideline.

“She embodies all of the values of Canberra United so well and has left a big imprint on the club through her playing days, so it is a strong indicator of her passion for the club that she is changing roles and staying involved.”