A touch of Brazilian flair is better late than never for Canberra United after the club finally landed the recruit it has been chasing for two years.
Brazil international Camila Martins Pereira is the last marquee signing for Canberra, giving the side a massive boost on eve of the W-League season opener.
Pereira, who is better known simply as "Camila", was set to join Canberra for the 2017-18 season before she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament before flying to the capital.
Coach Heather Garriock finally got her "superstar" signing as Canberra aims to break back into the finals for the first time in three seasons.
"She trusts my work and gives me the confidence I need to excel as an athlete. I like challenges, so this will be a great challenge in my life," Pereira said.
"Even though it's my first year and it's tough to get to the title, but I will give everything I can to achieve that."
Canberra will start its season with a clash against the Perth Glory at McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon.
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Garriock has been slowly building her roster, unveiling Pereira and Kaleigh Kurtz this week while co-captain Karly Roestbakken has returned from Young Matildas duties.
International midfielder Pereira is on loan from the Orlando Pride, while Kurtz has joined Canberra after a stint at the North Carolina Courage.
Both will take on leadership roles because of their experience as Garriock rebuilds her team.
"I think with any new team it takes a little bit of time to come together," Kurtz said.
"But our roster is a bit more mature and experienced. I think that really helps. It's up to us to bring in the younger ones to make sure everyone is on the same page.
"I'll be in a leadership role and a lot of that comes with experience, but also my position at centre back. There's a quick trust that's built. We've got a bunch of different styles, but it will all come together."
Garriock expects Pereira to be a "crowd pleaser".
"The most important thing is that while Camila is great on the ball, her work off the ball is outstanding," Garriock said.
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Sunday: Canberra United v Perth Glory at McKellar Park, 4pm