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Harrison ready for second Matildas coming

  • Harrison ready for second Matildas coming

Former Young Matildas captain Amy Harrison hopes her recall to the senior team will provide a launching pad for a potential Olympics appearance.

Harrison is one of four new additions joining a largely unchanged Matildas World Cup squad to tour China from next week.

The creative 19-year-old midfielder, who is about to kick off her W-League season with Sydney FC, said it felt surreal to see her name on the squad list in an email from coach Alen Stajcic last week.

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"I thought I did fairly well at camp and was just hoping," Harrison told AAP.

"But when I saw my name I got a bit of a rush and I'm so excited."

After making her first international appearance against New Zealand earlier this year, Harrison was left out of the team which would go on to make the World Cup quarter-finals in Canada.

"I obviously wanted to (be selected), but things change and at that time of the year there were players playing better in my role.

"I had a silly ankle injury that I was trying to manage and couldn't get through it.

"For a World Cup you want experienced players, and there were other players doing better.

"At the end of the day that's fair enough, but I'm ready now and I can't wait to get in there and work hard."

Harrison spent four months off the field rehabilitating her ankle injury, a blessing in disguise she says has done wonders for both her energy and perspective.

From here it's all guns blazing as the team prepares for their final matches as a group before February's difficult Olympic qualifiers.

Though it's tempting to imagine what could be next year, Harrison is careful not to let her mind wander too far ahead of next week.

"I want to be at Rio - as a team we all want to be - but at the moment I'm just going camp by camp, tour by tour," said Harrison, who cites "exceptional" Matildas midfielder Emily van Egmond as a player she looks up to.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on myself - I'm the new one in the team again.

"In China I'll work hard, but just going slow steps at the moment."

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