Caitlin Foord welcomes new Matildas coach

The world's best women's team poached one of the shrewdest tacticians in Australian football, but young star Caitlin Foord is excited about the prospect of linking with a fresh face at the helm of the Matildas.

Still basking in the glow of a maiden W-League triumph with Sydney FC, the Lake Illawarra teenager will now turn her attention to helping the Young Matildas qualify for the under-20 World Cup in Canada in 2014.

Incoming Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus, who has vacated her post as coach of PSV Eindhoven's women's team, will be a fixture around the squad after arriving in Australia this month.

The former Dutch international replaces long-serving Matildas mentor Tom Sermanni, who will head up the United States women's team.

"Tom was a really good coach and I think everyone is a bit excited for him," Foord said.

"We're happy for him because he's coaching the best team in the world, but we're excited for a new face and to have something different.

"Now that we've got the new coach in, I think she wants to have a few camps throughout the year to get to know the players.

"It should be good and I'm sure we'll see him [Sermanni] soon."

Despite it being less than a week since Sydney FC clinched the W-League premiership, Foord is already thinking about back-to-back titles.

Sky Blues boss Alen Stajcic spoke to the squad about remaining intact in the immediate aftermath of the grand final over Melbourne Victory.

"After the game, he did say that he doesn't really want to change the squad much for next year," Foord said. "He wants us to stay together as long as we can because we'll gel together more as the years go on.

"At the start of the season we never thought we could win because we had such a young team, but we came good at just the right time."

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