Sharn Freier may have swapped the national W-League for the state-level NPLW, but she says the move will be a “challenge” for her.
The 19-year-old striker was back training with Jets this week, a day after her contract with Brisbane Roar for the 2020-21 campaign finished.
It was a memorable season for Sharn - who is 24 minutes younger than twin sister Laini - having scored her first W-League goal against Melbourne Victory in January.
But, her commitment is now to Moreton Bay United, who she played for as a junior winning the NPL Girls’ Under 15 title in 2016.
“It feels good to come back,” said Sharn, “the coaches Dave (Da Silva) and Gary (Ward) being here probably brought me across. It will be a challenge.
“It’s a different environment. Everyone can improve. There’s a lot to work hard for and train hard for here … and that will be good.”
Sharn’s career started at Pine Rivers United before joining Moreton Bay United, Brisbane Roar, The Gap, Roar again and now Jets again.
At Brisbane Roar she won the 2018 NPLW Grand Final, scoring the only goal after being put through by Laini. Also in that line-up were current Jets’ Halle Carn and Annie Coyne.
Sadly, Laini faces time on the side lines after undergoing surgery last week on an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury.
But Sharn said: “I’ve still played with almost half of the girls here over the years at the NTC (National Training Centre) with Dave.
“It’s good to come into an environment where you know most of the team and know what they are like.
“I’m looking forward to having some fun. Sometimes you can put pressure on yourself and that can make it become tough.
“I’ll be trying my hardest but trying to enjoy it as well. It has been good to see the girls winning a few already this season.”
Jets face local rivals Mitchelton at Wolter Park in the NPLW on Friday, kick-off 8.15pm. The Under 23s face their Mitchelton counterparts at 6.15pm. Canteen and bar open.