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Canberra United calls for fairer W-League draw

Canberra United chief executive Heather Reid is pushing for the W-League to extend its season to 14 rounds to ensure no team is disadvantaged in the race to the finals.

Canberra United will begin signing players from September 11 and Reid already has a list of 21 for new coach Liesbeth Migchelsen to cast her eye over.

Goalkeeper and Matildas star Lydia Williams should return to Canberra, and the club is also close to signing three international recruits, including a 31-capped US representative.

The W-League issued its draw for the 2013-14 season on Monday.

Canberra United begins its season with a rematch of the 2011-12 grand final against the Brisbane Roar in Brisbane on November 9.

Each club plays 12 games in the eight-team competition, but Reid is keen for the format to change to play every team twice a season.


Canberra missed the finals last season by the smallest of margins.

Teams above them played traditional strugglers Adelaide twice, while Canberra and Sydney only played the South Australian team once. ''It's disappointing there's not a level playing field with a full 14 rounds,'' Reid said.

''The lack of fairness in the draw when you don't have a full home-and-away campaign was highlighted last year when right until the last round, any of six teams could have made the finals.

''You're at a disadvantage to some extent when you don't play everyone twice … the competitiveness of the league is so close that we can't afford to only have 12 rounds.''

Canberra United has four televised games, three of those at McKellar Park.

Migchelsen will arrive in Canberra on September 17 and former coach Jitka Klimkova also returns to the capital to assist with a coaching handover.

Williams missed last season with injury, but is set to return to Canberra. McKenzie Arnold will likely join the Western Sydney Wanderers, while Caitlin Cooper is also expected to play in Sydney

Meanwhile, new Tuggeranong United leader Steve Forshaw is banking on coaching stability to turn the club around and lift it into the Capital Football Premier League finals.

Forshaw will become Tuggeranong's fifth mentor in 18 months after he was announced as the club's new coach on Monday.

The former Belconnen United mentor takes over from Martin Lategui, who led Tuggeranong to the Federation Cup title less than a week ago.

Lategui was shocked when he was told he was being replaced.

Despite winning the Federation Cup - the club's first trophy in 19 years - Tuggeranong won just three games during the Premier League season.

''I don't underestimate the size of the challenge at all. One of the things Tuggeranong has lacked over the last few years is stability in the coaching staff,'' Forshaw said.

''I think if they get that stability, we'll see some dramatic improvement. The table doesn't lie - at the end of the day Tuggeranong finished at the bottom.

''If we went in and said the only measure of success is getting off the bottom, then we're not doing ourselves justice. We'll aim as high as we can and see what happens.''

Forshaw has a two-year contract to turn Tuggeranong around.

Lategui took over from John Bull earlier this season, while Jeremy Butler preceded Glenn Moutray.