When striker Samantha Kerr’s season ended after an injury blow on November 15 against Brisbane Roar, Perth Glory Women not only lost one of their stars, but also their captain.
While Kerr will be missed, the captain's role will be in good hands, shifting over to veteran defender Kim Carroll.
“She was always vice-captain, so it was just a natural progression. She’s a leader on the park, so she will be a natural at the position,” said head coach Bobby Despotovski.
“She leads by example playing the game, and obviously she helps everyone being around by being a full international, and knows what’s required to be a successful footballer. As a person, she’s willing to help anyone that’s around her. Both the leadership and the playing qualities are there.”
In her first year at Glory, Carroll is ready for the challenge, having already worn the captain’s armband once during the Newcastle Jets match when Kerr was on Matilda’s duty.
“I’m a bit of a talker on the field, so it doesn’t really change anything. And my experience helps as well,” the centre back said.
She also knows that while the armband is significant, she’s not the only leader among the group.
“I think there are leaders that aren’t recognized. They don’t have the title of captain or vice-captain, but they still lead by example and are important to this club.”
As far as bearing any extra pressure, Carroll admitted it was a key role to take on
“Maybe a little bit, you do feel the burden of helping the team and performing yourself, but it doesn’t really worry me that much.”
She’ll lead her team out onto the pitch on Saturday at Ashfield Reserve against Melbourne Victory.
Kick-off is at 4:00pm and entry is free for Perth Glory members.
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