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Matildas coach unconcerned about exodus
« on: September 25, 2007, 09:40:19 PM »
Matildas heroine Lisa De Vanna and several of her colleagues are considering playing overseas, but coach Tom Sermanni isn't worried about an exodus of talent from his history making team.

Striker De Vanna and most of her teammates who secured Australia a quarter-final berth - their best ever World Cup position - returned home from China.

De Vanna, the smallest member of the squad at 156 centimetres, emerged as one of the stars of the tournament, scoring four goals in as many matches despite only starting once.

Currently unemployed, De Vanna is interested in playing overseas.

"I definitely wouldn't mind going overseas, I really want to play for a decent club with a good contract," De Vanna said at Sydney Airport.

"It's not about the money or anything like that, I just want to improve myself, I want to win things and do things.

"Australia can take me to that certain level, but playing overseas, getting recognition from around the world, is something that I want to do."

She said her first priority was to see her family and then would take "whatever fate brings to me".

"If that's a good decent contract overseas and I like it, I'm going to go, the sky is the limit from now on," De Vanna said.

Teammate Lauren Colthorpe said a lot of the Matildas were thinking of heading overseas because there wasn't a domestic national league.

"If there is a (national league) set up, I'm sure a lot more players would want to stay here and build the game here," Colthorpe said.

"There's not a lot of money (overseas), what you want to do in your career obviously comes into consideration and a lot of the girls are looking into it, it's always a good experience to go overseas."

Sermanni expects increased interest in his players and said Chinese teams had already enquired about some of them, but he doesn't anticipate a large number will head abroad.

"It's not that there's a lot of money in the women's game overseas either, it's not like you're making a real living out of the game, so there's not so much of a career path as there is with the male players," Sermanni said.

De Vanna said having to attend camps and tournaments also made things difficult financially for the Matildas.

"It can be very very stressful, but that's the thing about us Australian girls is the passion and desire to represent our country and do well for our country," De Vanna.

"There's nothing in it for us. What do we get, we don't have (the same as Socceroo striker) Mark Viduka, who has $150,000 a week coming in or something stupid like that."

Sermanni welcomed the extra pressure and expectations of his side heading into next year's Asian Cup and said his first priority was to ensure Australia didn't lower their standards.

Football Federation Australia head of high performance John Boultbee said negotiations had started for international matches later this year and plans were also on the drawing board for the revival of a national competition.