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Wearing the number 19 jersey is our young and upcoming player, Ashlee Brodigan. At only 17 years of age, Brodigan is the youngest player to our Jets squad and started her first season of the Westfield W-League with the Jets last year in the 2015.16 season. Ashlee was ecstatic to know that she was returning this season with her hometown team.
“I like playing for the Jets because it is a great footballing club and the coaches and team are so easy to get along with, all the girls make you feel a part of the team and it’s such a lovely environment to be in as a young footballer.”
“I’ve learnt a lot from the coaches and the players to make me a better footballer,” Brodigan explains.
Brodigan decided to begin playing football at the age of 11, the Budewoi local was registered to her local team and never looked back. Ash quickly displayed her talent and worked her way up the ranks, and it wasn’t long until all eyes were on her. as she became noted to be one of Australia’s up and coming competitive players.
In 2014 when Brodigan was 15, she was selected for the under 17s Matildas. The squad travelled to Malaysia and Brodgian was named player of the match in their game against Hong Kong where the team won a massive 10 – 0, with Brodigan producing four of those goals.
Brodigan was again selected for the Australian side for their 2016 tour of Myanmar, however, Brodigan suffered a concussion just three days shy of her leaving to travel with the Matildas squad, and her injuries had her ruled out.
Unfortunately, Brodgian’s has suffered multiple concussions which has affected her career, she has had three in total this year alone.
“I’ve had multiple concussions which saw me miss out on going to Myanmar to represent Australia and also left me off the pitch for a few months as I suffered from concussion syndrome,” Ash explained.
Brodigan was given the “all clear to come back to full contact in late September this year,” and just as well, as the all clear came in good timing for her to begin the 2016.17 W-League season with the Jets.
Coach Craig Deans was pleased to hear that Brodigan could play this season following the concussions she has suffered earlier in the year.
“We brought Ash into the team last year, we wanted to see if she was ready or not for the commitment and to work, [and] it became clear she is.”
“She has a huge amount of natural talent, but at only 17 she still has a lot to learn, [and] that’s why she has been in the squad every week,” said Deans.
On the field:
Brodigan has been blessed with a natural ability for the game. She is very fast-paced, and often chases down her opponents. Due to her natural talent, stature and developed skill, Brodigan is a versatile player who can hold her own in any position.
Deans acknowledges that Brodigan is an exceptionally skilled player for her age, but explains that she is still a young player who is in the process of developing her game. Ash “has a lot of natural ability and is technically very good, but is still learning about the game and needs to show more consistency in all aspects of her game,” said Deans.
Off the field:
Having just completed year 11 at Hunter Sports High School, and entering her final year of Higher School education, Brodigan is usually flat out trying to juggle a busy schedule, however, when she has a spare five you’ll often find her either relaxing or giving time to improving herself as a footballer.