Copus-Brown on belief and growth


Libby Copus-Brown on her belief in the Wanderers W-League team and her development off the field.

The talented midfielder was part of her first season with the club in 2020/21 and has certainly found a home for herself at the Wanderers.

Despite results not going the Red & Black’s way last season, with the side just slipping out of Finals Series contention, Copus-Brown enjoyed every minute at the club. 

“Although we didn’t do as well as we had hoped results-wise, I really enjoyed last season,” said Copus-Brown.

“It’s such an amazing club, the facilities are second to none, and the staff and my teammates were amazing.

“I love everything about this club and I want to win some trophies.”

Libby Copus-Brown

The Wanderers W-League side will be led on the park by legend and former assistant coach Catherine Cannuli who was promoted to the role of head coach in June. 

A former Matilda, Cannuli finished her playing career at the Wanderers in 2014 before re-joining the club in 2017 as an assistant coach and has been ever-present supporting the development of young players in Western Sydney for the past six years.

“I’m very excited to work with Cath, I got along with her really well last season,” said Copus-Brown.

“She gets me as a player and knows how to bring the best out of me, not only as a player but a person too. 

“She has so much knowledge, experience and passion. I have so much respect for her and I’m honestly really excited for the season to start.”

Libby Copus-Brown

During the off-season (pre-lockdown) Copus-Brown was spending her Wednesday nights at the Wanderers Centre of Football where she was the assistant coach of the club’s Future Wander Women Program.

The free 20-week training program aimed at female participants aged 14-17 years is supported by the Wanderers Foundation and contributors including ICC Sydney, ABC Radio Sydney and Wanderers W-League partners Intermain and Western Sydney University.

“I’ve actually really enjoyed coaching and I’ve learnt a lot,” said Copus-Brown.

“It’s such an amazing initiative and I’m honoured to be part of it.

“There’s a lot of talent within the group and all I want to do is guide them and help them out as much as I can so that they can reach their full potential.”

Intermain FWWP

Looking ahead to the W-League season, Copus-Brown isn’t shying away from her desires of wanting to make the Finals for the second time in the club’s history as well as her dreams of a potential national team call-up. 

“On a club level, I want to win,” said Copus-Brown.

“I want to make finals and I believe that we can. I want to be the best that I can be so I can do my part of the team to make that a reality.

“Personally, I just want to keep growing as a player improving every day being the best I can be and hopefully that opens some doors with the Matildas, which of course is my ultimate goal.”