Sydney FC Westfield W-League star Amy Harrison said it was a dream come true to return to action on Sunday, as she eyes off another special moment this weekend at Seymour Shaw Park against Brisbane Roar.
The Sky Blue and Westfield Matildas defender said she was eager to return to playing in front of the Sky Blues’ faithful at home, with the match feeling even more like a home game than usual considering the proximity of the stadium to where she grew up.
“It felt amazing to be back,” Harrison said.
“I dreamt of that for so long and it was better than I ever dreamt of so it was so good to be back out with the girls again.
“I can’t wait [for this Sunday]. It was something special playing again but I think this Sunday will be just as special, if not more, playing at home again in front of our home fans.
“For me being a Sydney girl, it’s not far from home. I’m really excited and I know all the girls are to get our wins back on the board and I think we can definitely do that on Sunday.
“A lot of the Harrison clan will come,” she continued.
“They all road tripped down to Canberra Sunday too which was very nice to have them there for that really special game for me.
“A lot of my friends and family will be there on Sunday so I can’t wait to have them all there watching and cheering me on.”
Reflecting on her recovery, Harrison said it was more mentally tough than her first injury in 2016, as she drew the positives from an unexpected 90 minutes at McKellar Park.
“I only found out on game day that I was starting,” Harrison said.
“It was a good thing and a bad thing because I didn’t have too much time to think about it I just got my head straight into the game but I was very nervous.
“It was good to be around the girls that whole weekend and back in that team environment, that settled the nerves a bit. It wasn’t just nerves, I was super excited as well.
“I think they [the recoveries] were both different,” she continued.
“I think this one was tougher mentally, having to go through it all again was something I never thought I’d be able to do, but physically I knew I’d be able to get through it because I’d been through that one before.
“I didn’t expect to get 90 straight away so I’m glad I’ve ticked that box.
“Now it’s just about building the consistency and being a threat for 90 minutes and not going in and out of games. Being as much of a threat as I can each minute and then building on from there.
“I want to win, the girls all want to win and that’s our priority at the moment.”
Sydney FC return to Westfield W-League action at home at Seymour Shaw Park on Sunday 9 December (kick off 4pm). Secure your seats and be there to see the best women’s players in the country in action on home soil.