Jenkins happy with Victory improvement


Darian Jenkins hopes to see Melbourne Victory continue building ahead of its Westfield W-League clash against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

Victory is coming off a hard-fought 2-1 win over Perth Glory and has lost just one of its past five games.

Jenkins said Victory had taken plenty from that result ahead of facing the Jets on Sunday, which is also her 25th birthday.

“We’re feeling really confident coming off of a win from Perth,” she said on Friday.

“We’re putting all the small pieces together and improving every game so especially to be able to play at home I think it will be a really good thing for us.”

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Jenkins has started in all six of Victory’s Westfield W-League games this season, more recently used as a left wing-back.

The American said the change in position had helped add plenty to her game.

“I do a lot more defending playing wing-back with this formation that we’re doing,” Jenkins said.

“It’s definitely improved my game a lot and being able to get up and down the field is difficult, but it’s a lot easier in picking those moments to actually make runs and when to actually just possess has really improved me.

“I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Jenkins is also enjoying playing abroad and the challenges of the Westfield W-League.

“I’m loving it. Australia’s not a bad place to live for five months,” she said.

“But it’s a different style of soccer which I’m really appreciating and I’ve got such great team-mates and coaches that are really helping improve my game and it’s been a great experience.

“I’d definitely do it again.”