Michelle Heyman wants a World Cup medal. Photo: Getty Images
Matildas striker Michelle Heyman has already moved on from the disappointment of losing the women's Asian Cup final and has her sights set on a medal at next year's World Cup.
The Canberra United sharp-shooter praised interim Matildas coach Alen Stajcic for forming a tight-knit group in his short time in charge and backed him to lead the Australian team on the sport's biggest stage in Canada in June, 2015.
Heyman, 25, played all but one of the Matildas' games in the Asian Cup and felt she did enough to earn a spot for the World Cup.
She said she needed to improve her finishing, but was happy with the way she created opportunities for teammates.
"I think we've got a lot to improve on and I think our team is going to grow and definitely be a contender for the top-four spots [at the World Cup]," Heyman said.
"We all want a medal. To get back into the top eight [in the world] hopefully after this tournament would be a big thing that we need.
"It was a bit disappointing after the Cyprus Cup going out of the top eight and becoming, I think, 12th. We've just got little things to improve on, but we're going in the right direction."
Stajcic took over from Hesterine de Reus last month following player unrest, but the school teacher is unsure if he wants the role full-time.
Heyman said he had played a massive part in bringing the squad together. She said the Sydney FC coach had worked with most of the squad over the past decade and hadn't been thrown into the deep end.
"It's just the support we have for each other, it just feels like our team's started to get a little bit closer and everyone's fighting for each other," she said.
"We're actually fighting for positions on the field, so that makes it more competitive ... It's just a good environment to be around.
"[Stajcic] was just very positive and he knows how we all play and he wanted to use us to our strengths. I think he's done a really good job. I think he deserves [the job]."
Heyman departs for a two-month holiday on Wednesday, where she'll visit United teammates Stephanie Ochs and Lori Lindsey.