Charlotte Grant says she is extremely excited following the release of the Westfield W-League 2020/21 fixtures as well as returning to Coopers Stadium.
Adelaide United will begin the season on New Year’s Day away to Newcastle Jets following an opening round bye, before hosting Melbourne Victory at Marden Sports Complex.
Grant admitted the fact there is now a date to work towards gives the squad a huge amount of assurance.
“It’s so exciting that the fixtures are finally released,” Grant told the media at Coopers Stadium on Monday.
“… It’s a big relief to have a date in mind.
“The girls have been working really hard and we just can’t wait to get started.”
The Reds will also get to play at Coopers Stadium in a Round 13 clash against Brisbane Roar on Sunday, 21 March.
Grant was looking forward to the prospect of taking to the field of Coopers Stadium with the Reds last playing at the venue in November 2018 against Canberra United.
“It’s so nice to play here, it’s one of the best pitches in the country,” she said.
“We can’t wait to be here, it’s nice to be treated equally to the boys as well and if we can get a packed stadium that would be even better.”
The defender believed a good crowd would help ensure more matches at Coopers Stadium in the future and put a solid case for Adelaide to be one of the host cities for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The South Australian Government also committed $45 million to overhaul Coopers Stadium in the State Budget earlier this month, including new lighting and upgraded change rooms as well as other improved amenities.
Grant recently returned from a Women’s Talent Identification Camp in Canberra where she trained with some of the best young players in the country, including teammates Chelsie Dawber and Annalee Grove.
“It was a great experience to be in that senior national setup,” she said.
“I think it was great preparation for all of us if we got that opportunity to be with the Matildas and it was just an honour and I’m so grateful to have trained with such amazing players and staff.”
The 19-year-old, who also spent the offseason with the Future Matildas program in Sydney said it has been great to work with Reds, Head Coach, Adrian Stenta.
“He’s a great coach,” she said.
“It’s nice to have that familiarity with him as he’s been our assistant coach for the past two seasons now.
“He’s doing a great job and I’m really looking forward to doing more sessions with him and can’t wait for the season to start.”