Meet the young striker Sam Kerr believes will take the W-League by storm


Perth Glory rising star Rachel Hill has been given a glowing endorsement by marquee superstar Sam Kerr who has declared the young striker as one of the players to watch this W-League season.

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The pressure will be on United States born Hill to hit the ground running with the 23-year-old set to shoulder the attacking load for Glory, with Kerr suspended for their opening game of the season against reigning Premiers Plate holders Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

Kerr's suspension, held over from the end of the 2017/18 W-League season, will leave Perth without the league's best player and their leading goal scorer from last campaign.

However, the Matildas superstar is confident Hill will be one of the W-League's breakout stars and is more than capable of taking control of a game on her own.

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Rachel Hill (L) dribbles the ball past Brisbane midfielder Katrina Gorry
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"Rachel Hill is one of the best up and coming strikers in the competition," Kerr told The World Game.

"She did really well last season but I don't think she was too happy with how she finished the year.

"I'm sure she will be up there with the top goal scorers this season."

Hill finished third in the Golden Boot standings for the 2017/18 W-League season with nine goals in 14 games. Four behind top goal scorer Kerr's haul of 13.

The US U-23 representative will be looking to replicate her form from the opening rounds of last season when she scored seven goals in the first five games including a sensational hat-trick against Brisbane Roar in round two. 

Kerr feels that youth could be Perth Glory's secret to a strong as they look to bounce back from missing the finals last campaign

"This is a really good young team, Kerr said.

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Sam Kerr (L) and Rachel Hill celebrate a goal for Perth Glory
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"There is a lot of fight and grit in training and I'm looking forward to seeing how these younger girls develop as the season goes on.

"This year you are going to see a new and rejuvenated Perth Glory team.

“Personally I hope I can keep scoring goals this season and help the Glory to the W-League title.”