Caitlin Foord ‘excited’ to play against A-League All-Stars

Matildas star Caitlin Foord has credited Arsenal for restoring her love of football after a period of “going through the motions” as a professional player.

Foord is one of three Matildas along with Steph Catley and Kyra Cooney-Cross in the Gunners squad that will take on the Women’s A-League All-Stars at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.

“I would never have imagined it representing Arsenal and doing it at home,” Foord said Wednesday at the Women in Football corporate brunch.

“This has never been done before. “Selfishly, I am very excited to be home, to be here with Arsenal to play against the girls (in the A-League).”

However, before Foord, 29, joined the English Women’s Super League club from Sydney FC in 2020, she showed a clear lack of enthusiasm for her football career.

Caitlin Foord (left) is one of the three Matildas in the Arsenal team. Photo: Adrián DENNIS / AFPSource: AFP

“I felt like I had lost my love for the game,” he said.

“I was going through the motions and when I got to Arsenal, that turned me on again.

“I enjoyed playing again. I love the way we play, the style, the league, the competition in the league; It was really exciting.

“It really reminded me of that and it’s been that way ever since. “Now we just need to win more trophies.”

The Gunners finished the WSL season in third place, five points behind champions Chelsea.

Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall was confident his team could win the title next season.

“This team also has everything it takes to win the league, but we just have to be prepared to do the job for next season,” Eidevall said.

“This trip here is a great opportunity for us to really combine with first-team and full-time professionals…along with some of our best academy players.

“Seeing them together on the field will be a great opportunity for me.”

The All-Stars team will be coached by former Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro, much to the delight of Gunners star Katie McCabe.

“It was a real highlight in my Arsenal career when I thought I was out the door, and Joe came in and grabbed me and I’ve been here ever since,” McCabe said.

“He is always like family. He will always be welcomed to the club with open arms.

“I’m sure he’ll put on a good show with the All-Stars.”

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