Jenna’s Albany road to Glory
Playing alongside Matildas superstar Samantha Kerr will be a childhood dream realised for Jenna Onions.
While Kerr became the W-League’s first marquee player this month and is one of Australia’s highest-profile sports stars, Onions has become the first Albany product to play professional soccer in Australia.
The 17-year-old, who moved to Perth two years ago to pursue a professional career, was last week signed by Perth Glory, who completed their W-League squad last Friday by announcing they had signed the Albany-raised defender.
“I was really happy and kind of surprised but really excited,” Onions said of learning of her place in the Glory squad. Her path to a professional career began in the Albany Junior Soccer Association.
She went on to represent Albany at country week and later played in the Great Southern Soccer Association for Albany Royals and Port Albany.
Onions was signed by the Glory after impressive performances with Queens Park Soccer Club and in the NTC Challenge, a competition where future Young Matildas and Matildas are identified.
She said she was the second-youngest player in the Glory squad hopeful of debuting this season, which begins this Sunday when they face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
The tenacious left-back said Kerr had already been a positive influence on her.
“She is amazing to train with and a great inspiration for youth athletes and I can’t wait to learn more from her,” Onions said.
“I can hopefully get a spot on the bench at least ... but if I get the chance to get on the pitch I will be stoked.”
Head coach Bobby Despotovski said Onions was an exciting prospect
“She’ll be looking to adapt to the new level and make her senior debut this year,” he said.
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