October 10, 2018 by admin
ELLYSE Perry’s quest to simultaneously continue her football and cricket careers will continue for at least another year with the dual-international joining W-League side Sydney FC.
Perry was effectively given an ultimatum by Canberra United coach Jitka Klimkova at the end of last season’s championship-winning campaign, saying she would have to commit exclusively to football if she wanted to stay with the club.
That alone was a cause of contention in both the football and cricket communities – both of whom remain largely supportive of her unique efforts – but Canberra insisted it was a matter of lifting the professionalism and commitment of their players.
However, Perry, who represented the Matildas at last year’s World Cup, was not short of interest from across the league and in the end linked up, as expected, with her home-town club.
“My family is here, I study at Sydney University and my cricket is based in Sydney,” Perry told The Women’s Game website. “It was difficult to constantly commute three hours there and then three hours back for games and training and I was missing training sessions for both sports.”
In an interview with the Herald in May, Perry said she held no grudges against Canberra.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be involved with Canberra United for the last three W-League seasons but there’s some changes at the club and the coach, Jitka Klimkova, has some different ideas about how the team needs to be run,” she said at the time. “I fully respect her philosophy, it’s certainly her prerogative to change, but … I’ll have to start looking for a new club.”
The fallout at the time was considerable, especially in football, where identities such as former Socceroo Francis Awaritefe decried Canberra’s move as “stunningly stupid” and a “spectacular own goal by Canberra United and football in general”.
Perry will start training with her new teammates this Saturday in preparation for the new W-League season.
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