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Franco on Matildas mission at Sydney FC

  • Franco on Matildas mission at Sydney FC

Talented Sydney FC youngster Sunny Franco is on a mission to shine in the W-League this season - and not just because she's joined a new club.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who spent her first two seasons at Brisbane Roar, has had a positive chat with Matildas coach Alen Stajcic on the back of her recent Young Matildas performances.

Franco was part of the team that travelled to China in August to play in qualifiers for next year's Under-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, but didn't progress from the group stage.

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Her return home is the start of a new phase for the teenager, who has aspirations of making it into the senior squad.

"I've spoken to Staj about Matildas and all that sort of stuff, and he said what I do in W-League is where he's going to pick you out from," Franco told AAP.

"So I've just got have a big season."

An aggressive player known for her vision and pace, Franco has drawn comparisons to fellow Queenslander and Matildas World Cup star Tameka Butt.

After finishing school last year, she decided to make the move to Sydney, and said it had been just what she needed to reignite the spark in her game.

"Because it's a different club, you want to work hard to get the respect of the older players and the fans," she said.

"You work hard back home anyway, but here, because you don't know anyone, you're just like, `Oh crap, I've got to make a good first impression'."

The more experienced players, who include Matildas Kyah Simon and Alanna Kennedy, have also made a lasting impression on her, welcoming her when she was "nervous as hell" and giving pointers when needed.

"The good thing about the older girls is they tell you when you do something really good, but they also give you constructive criticism, so they give you feedback and tell you what you need to work on.

"It's good to have players like that around you, especially at a young age."

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