Versatile Perry refuses to choose
One of Australia's most sought-after athletes Ellyse Perry says she would love to stay involved with both football and cricket.
The dual international, who is the first Australian woman to feature at a senior World Cup in two different sports, has split her time between football and cricket since the age of 16 after being selected to represent both sports at national level.
But earlier today Perry's W-League football club, Canberra United asked her to commit full-time to them or play elsewhere.
However, the 21-year-old, speaking to Fox Sports News
, declared her intention to continue playing both sports.
"Hopefully I'll find a club and be able to be involved in both because as I said, it's something I love doing and I've done it for the last four seasons with the W-League and the National Cricket League so hopefully I can keep doing it," she said.
Despite Canberra's stance, Perry said she enjoyed her time at the club and understood their position.
"I've loved playing for Canberra United and I think when I first joined the club, they were happy to adopt my situation and commitments to both cricket and football, meaning I might not be available for all the matches or be able to commit to every training session," she said.
"As I said, situations have changed a little bit and that's fine.
"If that's how Canberra sees themselves moving forward in the future and a means by which they feel they can become more professional and more successful club, I understand that and fortunately for me there are a few other options that hopefully I'll be able to entertain."
Having successfully juggled W-League and National Cricket League for the past four seasons, Perry said she would focus on her commitments with the Matildas and the Australian cricket team in the coming months.
"We've got a few things coming up with some matches for the Matildas against New Zealand next month and then an ICC World Cup with Cricket in September in Sri Lanka," Perry said.
"I guess they're sort of my priorities at the moment and obviously I'd love to be involved in both of those things."