"I'd do anything for football."
In five words, no one can be left uncertain of the burning desire which is fuelling Ellie La Monte's path back to the sport's elite level.
Launceston United will be La Monte's next stop as she targets a return to the A-League Women and potentially higher as she chases her professional dream.
Currently situated in Perth, few could question La Monte's commitment to that ambition as she prepares to shift halfway across the country and don the blue jersey.
"I've always said if there was an opportunity for me to progress in soccer I would take it no matter what no matter where, it's a big step for me I am leaving a lot behind but you've got to chase dreams," she said.
"Definitely looking a bit higher than the A-League but obviously that is a starting point so me getting back there is definitely on the cards ... it's definitely a pathway I want to take."
The 22-year-old player knows she can make the level after being able to mix it at training and on-field with Matildas Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord in her time at Perth Glory.
"You learn basically by watching them train ... it's amazing to watch someone with such high intensity I suppose, they're so eager to get better and better how they train is how they play," she said.
"At the time it was incredible because I was a 15-16 year old player, playing with people that I had looked up to, to say that I played with my idol at the time is insane.
"Now it's basically trying to follow in her footsteps and create my own name."
The lure of effectively being a full-time footballer during her time at Launceston United appealed to La Monte.
The attacking winger shapes as a crucial piece of Frank Compton and Lynden Prince's side which is seeking to improve their second place in last season's Women's Super League.
"It's a big opportunity even to be asked so I think that was the reason I jumped over," she said.
"It's unreal I still don't believe it and I don't think I will until I get there but it's an amazing opportunity, no many people get asked to play for a team.
"It is definitely a lucky thing but it's a lot of hard work that has gone into it and we'll see how we go."
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