Sam Bambling had offers (heaps of offers), but there was only one place she wanted to be next season – Moreton Bay United.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” said the 18-year-old striker (19 next month) who scored a hat-trick on her Jets' debut.
Sam had three NPLW games at The Gap in 2020. She joined Jets for 2021 andhad an outstanding season scoring 18 goals in 15 games before injury stuck in July.
However, Sam still finished the first phase of 2021 tied third in the NPLW scoring charts.
“It’s great here,” she said, “I was really happy and enjoyed last season. The girls were great to play with and it’s a great environment.
“I have been talking to Jess (Dillon), who has spoken to (Technical Director) Matt Poole and (new Women’s Head Coach) Macca (Smith).
“Jess told me what their aims were and what they wanted to achieve. Matt Poole wants to focus on individual development and that’s what I want.
“Next year I want to keep improving and keep scoring goals. I’d like to make the Future Matildas.”
Sam was the second signing announced by Jets’ new Women’s Head Coach Macca Smith who is “excited" to have her back for 2022.
“Given that Sam was one of the leading goal scorers in NPLW competition, it’s fantastic to have her back this season,” he said. “Her ability to break the last line is a real asset for any forward player and will provide her with many scoring opportunities through the year. “Sam is a key player in the team and we are looking forward to seeing her continued development in 2022.”
Now recovered from injury, Sam is training with the NPL All Star Women’s team – as is Jacqui Cashman - to face Brisbane Roar Women at Perry Park on Saturday, kick-off 7.30pm.