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Jenna Onions. Photo courtesy of Perth Glory

From Country Week to Perth Glory

Football West News

Perth Glory Women begin their 2018-19 W-League campaign on Sunday with a real mix of well-known talent and local prospects.

Top of the list will be Matildas superstar Sam Kerr, of course, while the likes of goalkeeper Eliza Campbell, veteran Kim Carroll and American forward Rachel Hill will offer vital experience to coach Bobby Despotovski.

There will also be a good crop of WA youngsters, too, including Football West NTC graduates Morgan Aquino and Leticia McKenna.

And hoping to push her claims this season will be a 17-year-old regional West Aussie who was first spotted at Football West’s Country Week.

Jenna Onions, who joined Glory last month after a successful season with Women’s Premier Division champions Queens Park, said: “I started Under 11s with the boys at Country Week, about five or six years ago and went through to Under 14s and got selected into the Country Camp from there.

“I was then selected twice to go to Singapore for the Singa Cup, in 2015 and 2016, and that was really cool.”

Onions won Best and Fairest at the 2016 Country Week and her commitment was underlined when she moved to Perth two years ago.

“I decided with my mum that I wanted to go somewhere with my sport and Perth was the best option so I made the move when I was 15.

“I lived with my sister Lydia, who goes to uni up here. At the time it was a big decision, I didn’t really want to leave my family but they were really happy for me.”

Onions, a left-back who came through at Port Albany, added: “The last few weeks it’s gone to a whole new level, it’s really exciting and I’m enjoying learning from the rest of the squad.”

Head Coach Despotovski said: “Jenna is an exciting young prospect who works really hard and is keen to learn and improve.

“She’ll be looking to adapt to the new level and make her senior debut this year.”