Ellie Carpenter hope Matildas can use motivation of home World Cup to win the coveted trophy

Cowra's Ellie Carpenter was delighted to show off her new Olympique Lyonnais shirt on Saturday, but as much as the Cowra junior is looking forward to her French football debut, she still has a green and gold mission in mind.

The star Matildas defender who began her soccer career in Cowra can't wait until 2023 when Australia and New Zealand act as joint hosts of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

It is a tournament she dreamed of playing in when she was growing up.

"When I was only eight or nine years old when I first watched the Matilda and I said to myself that I want to be on the field next day. So for the next generation of kids to see us in a World Cup, that's going to be so sick," she said.

While playing in a World Cup on home soil will be a huge highlight for Carpenter if she gains selection, she is hoping the Matildas can use that as motivation.

"There's only one thing that could possibly top the feeling we all had when the announcement was made ... and that's winning the trophy on home soil," she said.

"It's crazy to think what it would be like because it would be a dream come true, but I really believe it's reachable because that extra buzz from playing at home is going to be a big advantage. It has already given everyone in the Matildas extra motivation."

Motivation for Grant

Win a title, score more goals - they will be two of the big motivating factors for Canowindra junior Rhyan Grant when Sydney FC's A-League season resumes on July 17.

Grant and his Sydney team-mates won 15 of their 20 games to sit on top of the A-League ladder before the season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They are eight points clear of nearest rivals Melbourne City and in a good position to claim the premiers plate - the trophy awarded to the side sitting in first come the completion of the regular season. It's one Grant is hungry to lay his hands on.

"We want to win that title, every season we want to get that, but being so close at the moment is a massive factor for us to make sure we start this recommencement strongly," he said.