Ahead of the start of the Liberty A-League Women’s season, Sydney FC’s new star striker Fiona Worts is beginning to enjoy the best that Sydney has to offer.
From the beaches to the training pitch and getting to know her team-mates, she is getting ready for a pulsating Sydney Derby on the 14th of October at Allianz Stadium.
The striker made the move from Adelaide to Sydney by car and undertook a 3 day drive across the country to sign for the Sky Blues.
“It was a long way to drive by car between Sydney and Adelaide but it wasn’t as bad as what I thought it would be.
“Sydney is really nice. I thought it would be busy but it’s just a really nice busy,” Fiona said.
“The beaches are nice but I’m a little disappointed you can’t see a sunset on the beach. I guess I’m going to have to get into sunrises,” she joked.
As for her time on the training pitch so far this pre-season, Worts is enjoying working with a new group of girls.
“Everyone in general has been super nice with me.
“We have been doing some beach sessions on the weekend and we all grab some breakfast or coffee as a squad after, but it is a really nice group overall,” she said.
“I’m really enjoying training and Ante keeps the sessions quite simple. If you play football then you play football well.
“The intensity is good and he has high expectations but he is very supportive as well,” Worts said.
However, the 27-year-old isn’t getting too carried away about what she is seeing from the squad.
“It’s still pre-season so I try not to think too far ahead,” she said.
“It’s about getting to know the team, getting to know the girls and sharpening up.”
And she doesn’t set too many personal records for herself in pre-season despite winning the golden boot and Julie Dolan Medal (Player of the Season) at Adelaide United.
“I just simply want to enjoy playing.
“It’s a talented squad and if you know everyone else is enjoying it and playing well and I’m enjoying it and playing well, then I think I will score goals and we will win games.
“I try not to think too far ahead and don’t chase any sort of numbers,” the number 23 said.
“I am just going to focus on each section of the game, work hard, get better, score goals and we will see what happens.”
Now with almost two weeks till the start of the season, the Englishwoman is relishing the opportunity to get going at Allianz Stadium.
“I’m looking forward to the season. It feels like it’s been a long time since a proper competitive game and it’s going to be great.
“Kicking off at Allianz Stadium, in a derby, for a new club, it’s going to be very exciting,” she concluded.
Tickets are now on sale for the Sydney Derby opener on the 14th of October at Allianz Stadium and you can grab them here.