She has recovered from two knee reconstructions, she has played for the Matildas, she has played in America and she has even played for cross town rivals Sydney FC, but Amy Harrison is thriving in the Red and Black for her home town club.
Harrison comes up against her former club next weekend in the most exciting W-League derby in history.
Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Amy Harrison admits she is looking forward to Friday week’s W League derby against her former club Sydney FC.
Harrison won two W League championships including one last season with the Sky Blues. She played 43 games with the club, but made the trek across town to play for Western Sydney this season.
The 23-year-old, who was born and bred in Camden, has been in good form this year. Her and her Red and Black team mates have been the story of the 2019/20 season so far, sitting undefeated and on top of the ladder after four rounds.
Speaking on popular Fox Sports' TV show Bill and Boz tonight, Harrison said she was looking forward to what is the most eagerly anticipated Sydney derby in W League history.
“Sydney are always good and they have had the upper hand lately in the derbies, they’ll want to continue that but it’s a fresh team the Wanderers, so hopefully we can turn that derby around,” she said.
“I’m just so excited. Honestly it’s the first time I will have to do it. I know the girls at Sydney like the back of my hand. I know the club so so well.
“But once you step across that white line you want that. It’s going to be a fun time. It will definitely mean a little bit more.”
Harrison was looking forward to playing again at BankWest Stadium, arguably the best football ground in the country.
“Yeah it’s incredible, my first game there was with the Matildas, and then obviously the double header was the other week, and now the next ones the derby, so I’m really looking forward to that but the stadium is incredible.”
The Wanderers drew 1-1 with Melbourne Victory last Saturday in Morwell, spoiling their 100% record. Harrison admitted it was frustrating not to come away with a win but was happy her team is still unbeaten.
“Obviously we dropped two points in our eyes, but we are still undefeated and we are still learning as a group,” she said. “We are learning to come up against different oppositions and how they are going to counter us.
“It’s interesting but a draw is a draw and we look forward to the derby now.”
Harrison also paid tribute to her new club and the fantastic professional environment they are providing their players.
“Looking back at my first year which was I think 2012, from then to now the standards, being at the Wanderers this season, seeing our HQ at Blacktown, it’s incredible,” she said. “I am so glad to be a part of it.
Harrison was also glowing of her experience in the American NWSL this year with the Washington Spirit. She admitted the league was the best in the world and she developed a lot from playing there.
“I learned a lot about myself on and off the field,” said Harrison. “Just playing with those calibre of players each week was really really awesome.
“I think the average player over there is just so much higher. They have probably 15-20 very very good players. In Australian football we have 11 or 10-15. The depth there is incredible. Their college system is unbelievable. They can play 90 minutes at a high tempo every week.”
Harrison and her Wanderers team mates have the weekend off but she insisted the coaching staff will have the team ready to go come Friday week.
“Dean and Megsy and all they know what they are doing. I am sure they are putting scouting reports together. I am sure they will know everything to counter them.”
Whilst the Wanderers enjoy the bye, Sydney FC take on Newcastle Jets this weekend as they prepare for the big derby.
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