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Aug 27, 2009   |  9:23PM AET

Munoz joins coaching ranks for 2009 season

Munoz joins coaching ranks for 2009 season

An instrumental member of Canberra United’s first year in the Westfield W-League, Caitlin Munoz has accepted a position as Scholarship Coach for the 2009 season after being ruled out through injury.

An instrumental member of Canberra United-s first year in the Westfield W-League, Caitlin Munoz has accepted a position as Scholarship Coach for the 2009 season after being ruled out through injury.

Munoz has been advised against playing in the upcoming season after she underwent her third knee reconstruction during the offseason so the midfielder will take up the role of an assistant to head coach Ray Junna.

“I would have loved to have played this season but it will be good to work with Ray in a coaching capacity,” Munoz said.

“All I-ve heard is good things about Ray-s coaching and I really like the way he wants to play, the way he wants to put the team together, a bit more attacking.”

“I was really happy that the club still wants me to be a part of the squad, I would have really missed the team if I wanted involved in some capacity.”

Despite the loss of experienced players like Amy Chapman, Thea Slatyer and Rhian Davies, Munoz believes that this year-s side will be an exciting one.

“We-ve got a couple of young players coming through which will be good for the team and to get Emily Van Egmond, we-re going to be a very skilful side this season.

For Junna, the appointment of Munoz as Scholarship Coach is a welcome one to help with player management.

“She-s obviously familiar with all the players, their characters and the idiosyncrasies, so having Caitlin is a huge advantage in having that insight, it definitely helps,” Junna said.

“I-m only new to the women-s game so sometimes those little characteristics can make the difference between knowing how people-s physiology works in different environments.”

Canberra United kicks off its 2009 Westfield W-League campaign against the Brisbane Roar in a Grand Final rematch on Saturday, 3rd October at Ballymore Stadium to be broadcast live on ABC 1.

Tickets are now on sale through the Capital Football office in Deakin for the first home game against Sydney FC at McKellar Park on Saturday, 10th October with kick off at 5:00pm.