Defender Caitlin Cooper on the new look Westfield W-League squad and the first match against Sydney FC.
The Wanderers will kick-off their Westfield W-League campaign on Wednesday night against their cross-city rivals Sydney FC at Bankwest Stadium.
This season, head coach Dean Heffernan has brought together a squad mixed with familiar faces and young guns to push the Wanderers to the next level.
Veterans of the game, like Cooper, as well as Leena Khamis, Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Olivia Price have all returned to the club this season.
While Heffernan has scouted the likes of Football NSW Institute’s Bryleeh Henry and young guns Teigan Colliser and Libby Copus-Brown from the Jets to create a new Wanderers DNA.
Cooper believes the newly assembled squad can bring something special to the Westfield W-League this season.
“It’s a different look team, but I have faith that every single person out there and we have a few youngin’s out there,” said Cooper.
“I like the look of Bryleeh (Henry) out on our wing and I think she’s something special and she’s going to give us something special this year.
“Last year is in the past and we look forward to this year.
“I think we can do something special and give the leaders a run for their money that’s for sure.”
The Red & Black were originally set to play against Melbourne Victory in the season opener but due to changing border restrictions, the side will now face Sydney FC.
For Cooper and the Wanderers, friendships go out the window when it comes to Derby day.
“On a personal level, I love playing against Sydney. I’ve got a lot of friends there but when it comes to game day, no one is friends,” explained Cooper.
“I can’t wait, it’s a different draw knowing we are playing Sydney now but we can’t wait to get on the pitch.
“We’re a special team this year.”