Last season was the learning curve. Now, Danika Matos is ready to consolidate her place in the Wanderers side.
The Lake Illawarra talent made her W-League debut in 2019/20, playing three games in defence. On Saturday, Matos and her Illawarra Stingrays teammate Chloe Middleton re-committed to the Western Sydney club.
"I'm pretty excited to be back in the red and black jersey," Matos, 20, said.
"I learned something new nearly training session. Playing on the field with experienced players and support from the coaching staff, I learned so much about myself as a player."
"My personal goal now is to make sure that right fullback [spot] is mine and play as many games as possible. I will work for my spot on the team, so hopefully I get what I deserve at the end of it."
Matos was one of four Stingrays players to commit to the Wanderers in the past week. Experienced defender Caitlin Cooper re-signed on Monday, while Western Sydney announced they had signed Canberra United midfielder Olivia Price the following day.
The week was capped off when Matos and Middleton re-committed to the club on Saturday.
"Chloe is my best friend so playing alongside her is fun. We also work so well together," she said.
"Caitlin is an experienced player and you learn so much from her, and feel so secure next to her as your centre back. And Liv is exciting, we've only just started playing with her at Stingrays. And we'll get another season with her [at the Wanderers]."
For now, Matos will continue focusing on playing for the Stingrays.
The Illawarra side had a sluggish start to this year's NSW Women's National Premier League One season, but have bounced back to win three of their past four games.
"It's been an up and down season for us. We had a slow start but we got back into the hang of things," Matos said.
"It's also good to get my match fitness up to prepare for the Wanderers."