Chloe Middleton is itching to pull the pink jersey back on in 2020, but insists she is trying to remain patient.
Middleton, who has just finished her first season with the Western Sydney Wanderers W-League club, was set to represent the Illawarra Stingrays again in the Women's National Premier League One competition.
However, the 23-year-old has been forced to cool her jets after Football NSW suspended all games and training sessions due to concerns over the COVID-19 spread.
Middleton, who travels from Moss Vale to represent the Stingrays, admits it is a frustrating waiting period.
"It's a bit annoying that it's been cancelled right now," the midfielder said.
"I was looking forward to getting straight back into it and playing with the Stingrays again. It's really weird. I've had so much spare time.
"I aim to stay fit by doing my own [training] stuff. My main goal is to not lose my fitness that I've worked so hard to get over the past six months."
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Middleton and her good friend Danika Matos, who also plays for the Stingrays, both signed full-time contracts with the Wanderers in late January.
Middleton played five games in her debut season as the Wanderers reached the W-League finals. The side ran into a red-hot opponent, eventual premiers Melbourne City, in the semi-finals, falling 5-1.
However, Middleton said it had been a great season for her W-League club.
"Hopefully we've been able to prove ourselves and show how hard we've worked," she said.
Middleton said she had learned a lot from her experienced teammates during her rookie season.
"It was a really good experience," she said.
"I didn't realise how much harder you need to work when you're around those good players. But it's made me a better player, I enjoyed it.
"I feel like the girls helped me understand a lot more things and I was able to look at it from a different perspective. It helps you with your own game."
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