"I GREW up in Campbelltown, spent most of my life living there and I'm very proud to be from Western Sydney."
With those words, Heather Garriock launched her appointment as club captain of the Western Sydney Wanderers W-League for the 2013/14 season.
The Wanderers kicked off their season with a 1-1 draw against Adelaide United on Sunday at Marconi Stadium.
Garriock's captaincy was announced last week, just a few days before round one as part of the season launch by FFA chief executive David Gallop.
"It's a massive honour to captain the Wanderers in my first season playing for the club," Garriock said.
"Being the captain of any side is a big honour and to do it with the Wanderers, I'm very, very flattered."
Garriock, who has more than 100 caps for the Matildas, was born and raised in western Sydney and believes she is a perfect fit for the club.
"I always get stick about it in the national team. But it's where I'm from, where I grew up and it's made me the player I am," she said.
"Growing up around here we didn't get given things on a platter.
"You need to work hard and fight for your position. I'm really glad to be playing for Western Sydney."
With this being her first season back since having a child, Garriock believes that her life experiences in her year away from football will make her a valuable asset to the club.
"My perspective on football has changed since having a family recently, I'm calmer than I used to be and know I'm a role model to the younger girls," said Garriock.
"People think being captain is a big job, whereas if you incorporate the rest of the players and get them to help you lead that's the most important thing rather than putting the onus on one or two people.
"It's about the team first and foremost. One of my attributes is I'm a winner and I lead by example with my work ethic, and the girls respond to that."