Matildas jet wants more international stars in W-League

Carpenter wanting more internationals to join the W-league

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Matildas superstar Ellie Carpenter has spoken about how important top talent is for the W-League, revealing it was one of the reasons to help her become one of the best footballers in Australia.
Carpenter’s Champions League win and ability to break through into the Lyon first team affirmed her arrival on the world stage.
The 20-year-old is set to become a Matildas star for the next decade to come.

Concerns raised by the defender over the pathway for the next generation of Young and Junior Matildas have re-focused the issue of so many stars departing the W-League.

The FFA plans to announce new development appointments, aimed at addressing shortfalls and poor results at the youth national team level.

Appointments centred around the Future Matildas program, which acts as a centralised training centre for a number of future stars.

However while FFA’s focus shifts towards the future, the W-League – faces a diminishing future.

Carpenter believes that the W-League was the major force in her own career development.

“In 2015 my first season in the W-League with the Wanderers gave me playing opportunities at a high-level, week in, week out, developing my game and experiencing what it is like to play in a competitive league,” Carpenter told FTBL.

“This helped my growth immensely and is what had me identified into the national team. My further five years after in the W-League were very enjoyable with both Canberra United and Melbourne City.

“Each year I felt myself improving as a player as I got to express myself and surround myself with quality players and train with them every day in a professional environment.

“The W-League is where my career began, and I couldn’t be more thankful for everything each of my clubs have contributed and shaped me into the player that I am today.”

All current Matildas play in Europe, compared to last season where almost every Matilda played in the W-league and NWSL competitions.

Some of the W-League’s Internationals, such as Nathasha Dowie, have announced their departure to Europe.

Carpenter says that international talent was key to her own development as a teenager at Canberra United and Melbourne City.

“I think the W-league is such an important league for the young generation coming through the system,” Carpenter said.

“It allows the players to experience an environment that prepares you for your next step and to build on yourself as a player.

“To play competitive games each week and to come up against the best players in the league and also quality international signings was so important, as well for the depth of our national team squads and to keep the growth of women’s football strong.

“I think the experience of the international players joining the teams in the W-League bring their presence and advice to the team.”