Coming back to Newcastle on Saturday will not be easy for Chloe Logarzo.
The 22-year-old Matildas midfielder began her W-League career with Sydney FC but joined the Jets in 2015 in a move she hoped would reignite her football career.
It worked. Logarzo found more game time with the Jets and earned a Matildas recall before playing at the Rio Olympic Games and establishing herselfin the national team.
But she was forced to watch from the sidelines last W-League season after sustaining an ankle injury while playing for Eskilstuna United in Norway.
Logarzo was expected back in Jets colours for 2017-18 but made a last-minute decision to sign withSydney.
It was a decision she did not made lightly and returning to play the Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday will be tough.
“It’s going to be hard.It’s going to be so weird being on the other side,” Logarzo said.
NEW CHAPTER: Chloe Logarzo is grateful for her time in Newcastle. Picture: Simone De Peak
“Stepping away from Sydney was probably the best decision I made for my career and especially stepping into the path of Deansy [Jets coach Craig Deans].
“I commend everything he’s done for me, getting me back into the Matildas team and always being a support for me when I didn’t really have anyone. He’s not just a coach, he’s a mate of mine now andI really appreciate everything he did for me.”
After a character-building year overcoming a string of injuries Logarzo said being closer to family in Sydney ultimately proved the deciding factor.
“It was really hard; it took me a lot longer than I thought to get back onto my feet,”she said.
“One injury led to another, which was heart-breaking for me but it’s good to finally be back on the pitch and it’s nice to be back at home surrounded by my family. Coming back to Sydney has made me realise how much I have matured as a player.”
Logarzo said the Sky Blues expected a tough battle in Newcastle and needed a more “unified” performance after losing 3-1 to Brisbane in round one.
“Obviously they had their first win on the weekend and they did well,” she said.
“Deansy isa great coach so he’s going to get the best out of all of them.”