Heidi at home with familiar faces

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It has been like slipping into an old glove for Heidi Makrillos, who has joined the Sydney FC W-League side reuniting with several of her former team-mates in a united Sky Blues team.

Makrillos made her debut off the bench in the opening game this season (Sydney FC’s 2-0 win over Adelaide United) with two further substitute appearances thus far. She is working hard to establish herself in a team filled with attacking options including American striker Jasmyne Spencer.

Talking about her step up to W-League football, Makrillos admitted it was a challenge, moving from NSW Premier League football into the national competition but she says she has “adapted well and is working hard to break her way into the starting side.”

The challenge of breaking through is helped by Makrillos reuniting with her old friends.

“I love it, being back with team-mates. It has helped my transition and made it easier to fit in,” chirped Makrillos.

Last season Makrillos, who’s brother Peter is on the books at English Premier League side Stoke City, scored 15 goals for the Inter Lions SC in the NSW Women’s Premier League.

She will look to impress under new coach Daniel Barrett who has big shoes to fill in replacing, now, Matilda’s coach, Alan Stajic.

“He [Stacjic] will be missed, as he was loved by the team but we have to move on.

“It was a good move for him,” added Makrillos.

Barrett was the assistant coach during Sydney FC’s title winning season in 2012-13 and will look to bring success back to the team, eliminated in the semi-finals last season.

Talking about their new two American imports, Makrillos was full of praise for the new recruits.

“Both regard Sydney FC, as the best team they have worked with and have created an immediate chemistry with the team,” Makrillos revealed.

For Heidi, she is focused on her own game, as the team look to bounce back after the 2-1 local derby loss against Western Sydney last weekend with another home game to come.

“We are focused on playing our own game not allowing the opponent to play their game,” said Makrillos, who’s second placed Sydney FC side take on the reigning premiers Brisbane Roar, this Saturday afternoon, 5:00pm at Lambert Park.

Justin Davies

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