Best yet to come from Perth Glory’s Sam Kerr, says W-League coach

Sam Kerr. Photo: Getty
Sam Kerr. Photo: Getty

PERTH Glory W-League coach Bobby Despotovski reckons Sam Kerr could get even better in the coming years as the star striker chases more individual and team glory.

Kerr is on track to win another W-League golden boot award as the season approaches its final round.

The 25-year-old has 12 goals to her name, three clear of Melbourne Victory’s Natasha Dowie, Sydney’s Caitlin Foord, and Adelaide’s Veronica Latsko.

Kerr has also won the past two golden boots in the American league, scoring 16 goals in 19 games for Chicago Red Stars last season.

The speedy attacker set a new W-League goal-scoring record last week when she notched her 64th and 65th goals in Glory’s 5-1 thrashing of Western Sydney.

Kerr is already a star on the world stage, and Despotovski thinks she will get even better.

“Women’s football is slightly different than men’s – I think the peak is anywhere between 22 to 28,” Despotovski said.

“With her working hard on her game and fitness, I think she is going to go up a few years more.

“I can’t see her slowing down until she reaches her early 30s.

“She’s only 25 and broke both records here and in America, which is huge.

“Everything that she gets she works very hard on – she thoroughly deserves it.”

Fourth-placed Glory will be hoping for another big performance from Kerr when they host ladder leaders Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

Glory need to win that match and rely on other results falling their way in order to secure a top-two berth.

Victory (20 points) is just one point ahead of Glory, but has a game in hand.