Injury-free Simon buzzing ahead of W-League opener

With round one of the Westfield W-League kicking off on Sunday, Sydney FC’s Kyah Simon says she’s eager to get back out on the park representing the Sky Blues.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup star said Sydney FC have the quality this season to challenge for the title as she praised the combination of young and experienced players in Head Coach Dan Barrett’s squad this season.

“I can’t wait to be playing for Sydney FC again, on home soil, home city as well in front of family and friends,” she said.

“It’s very exciting and being back with the same group as well and starting the W-League which I haven’t for the last couple of years through injury, I just can’t wait for it to get underway.

“I think we’ve definitely got some quality from the young players coming in to the experienced players, I think with the combination of the two we can really play some good football,” she continued.

“It’s going to come from us players and seeing what we can develop and how we can gel as a team but I’m confident in the ability that we’ve got and it’s just a matter of putting it together on the day and obviously outplaying our opponents.”

Sydney FC players celebrate a goal in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets.

Having little time to rest between representing the Westfield Matildas and competing in the United States’ NWSL, Simon said she’s happy with her busy routine as she set her sights on first round opponents, newly assembled Melbourne City FC and their star studded line up.

“It’s a challenge when you’re so nonstop and there’s not really an offseason,” she said.

“I had about 8 to 10 days break where I could just park my brain and mentally give myself a rest as well as physically but I’m back on home soil and back into it straight away.

“It’s keeping me busy which I do like and I’m just happy to be back on the park. 

“Melbourne City are going to be a very tough team,” she continued.

“They’ve got a very stacked team and I guess in saying that they will have that extra bit of pressure because of the players they’ve got on paper.

“We’re not looking too much at them though, we’re more so looking at our team and having the confidence in our ability that we can go out there and compete with any team in the W-League.”

Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League squad kick off the season at home to Melbourne City FC at Lambert Park, Leichhardt this Sunday (kick off 5:30pm).