Harrison keen to lift ALW Wanderers

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Back in familiar territory at Western Sydney, forgotten Matildas midfielder Amy Harrison is ready to remind the A-League Women of their quality.

The 26-year-old is back in Australia after two years at PSV Eindhoven.

“I loved it there, but I needed to come home a bit,” Harrison told AAP.

“Just be back with your friends and family, come home, which is Sydney’s west and hopefully get the club back to where it should be.

“With a World Cup on the horizon, every player wants to be there.

“I just try to focus on enjoying playing football again, I lost a bit of love for that towards the end of the season there.

“So it’s just about getting on with it and having fun again, and being home, I know I’ll get it.”

Harrison believes she is a much better player than when she excelled in Wanderers’ run to a first finals campaign in 2019-20, largely due to football’s challenges in the Dutch Eredivisie.

“They’re very tactical, you really have to solve the game,” she said.

“It’s never just about ‘going out and doing your best’, it’s always about knowing how to win, it’s always about resolving situations.

“Also that extra technical piece – they like the ball, they like to play with it and a lot of physicality. Hopefully being here I can put it all together.

“At PSV we had (former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker) Ruud van Nistelrooy for a pre-match chat.

“When you learn from people like him, it’s impossible not to learn.”

Harrison was hopelessly unlucky in Eindhoven, testing positive for COVID-19 three times.

Her second brutal fight struck just as she earned a recall from Matildas for a friendly against Ireland in September 2021.

“It was not the right time with the national team,” she said. “I was supposed to go, then I tested positive and for months I tested positive.

“It knocked me down a bit physically, it took a while for my lungs to get going again.

“It had a bit of an effect on me unfortunately, but it just takes time to come back.”

Harrison had a small hip issue in preseason, but she’s confident she can shoot under new coach Kat Smith.

Wanderers kick off their season against Newcastle at Scully Park on Saturday.

“There are definitely some really positive signs,” Harrison said.

“We’ve had some really positive friendlies and results and if we can exploit the potential we have in the team, we can do very well.”

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