The familiar face of Hayley Raso is back on the training pitch at Brisbane Roar working towards her long-awaited return to football after a spinal fracture in August.
“I’m really excited to be back in training with the team. Just progressing each day is really exciting,” Raso told BRFC.
“It’s great to be back in a team environment, taking a few hits, getting into tackles. It just means I’m progressing and I’m getting closer to coming back each session."
Her time spent recovering has been learning curve for the scoring sensation. Raso explains how time on the sideline has allowed for a new-found appreciation and perspective of the game.
“It’s interesting because you do look at the game from a different perspective and I feel like I take so much more notice of everyone, their positions and the game," Raso added.
"I think I’m actually learning a lot whilst not playing, just seeing what’s going on in the game and just taking it all in.”
Bringing a wealth of experience to a youthful Roar side, having debuted for the Matildas at just 18 years old, Raso has taken this opportunity to mentor some of the younger talents in Andreatta’s squad.
“I’ve taken a step back and tried to take a bit of a leadership role and help the younger players and really everybody on the team as much as I can,” Raso continued.
“Considering I’m also spending so much time off the field as well it’s been a good opportunity for me to do that.”
With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup fast approaching, the 24-year-old is taking each task in her stride and focusing on getting herself back in Brisbane orange in the coming weeks.
Set to face top-of-the-table Melbourne Victory this Sunday at Lions Stadium, Raso says the Roar Women are up for the challenge on home turf. Get your tickets HERE!
“We love playing at home, we love having our fan base and just hearing that extra person cheering you on. I think it’s a definite advantage playing on our home field, getting back out there and bouncing back from last weekend,” Raso concluded.