Canberra United sign Kahlia Hogg for remainder of W-League season
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Canberra United sign Kahlia Hogg for remainder of W-League season

Plenty of new suburbs have sprung up in the nation's capital since Kahlia Hogg last played for Canberra United.

Hogg returns to Canberra with a mechanical engineering degree in tow, but for now the focus is on soccer.

Kahlia Hogg has returned to Canberra United after completing her studies in the US.

Kahlia Hogg has returned to Canberra United after completing her studies in the US.Credit:Elesa Kurtz

Hogg spent five years in the United States and completed her studies at University of Colorado Boulder, after leaving Florida State.

The Majura junior was supposed to finish a year earlier, but a severe stress fracture in her shin saw her miss a chunk of the 2015 season.

Kahlia Hogg playing for Canberra United in 2009.

Kahlia Hogg playing for Canberra United in 2009.Credit:Graham Tidy

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A second chance at a senior year was a chance Hogg simply couldn't pass up, so she stayed in Colorado and was rewarded with selection in the Pac-12 conference's All-Academic second team at season's end.

Hogg always had intentions of coming home to Canberra and the decision was "super easy" because United coach Rae Dower was the first person the reach out to the 23-year-old.

"I started out in Florida and moved out to Colorado and had a fantastic five years there and learnt a lot," Hogg said.

"Football was fantastic and academics were great so I've had a blast, but it's good to be back home.

"Canberra doesn't really change much. There's a few new suburbs that have sprung up but other than that it's good old Canberra."

It is not only the city that hasn't changed much — Hogg will lace up the boots alongside a few teammates she played with in her last stint at United.

And while United have welcomed a host of new players this season, many are faces Hogg has crossed paths with over the past five years.

"It definitely made settling in really easy," Hogg said.

"Everyone has just been incredibly welcoming and it's fantastic.

"I've been keeping track [of United], and thankfully they started streaming some of the games on ESPN and I was able to watch some of those late at night this season.

"Obviously Canberra has been super successful over the last five years and it's great to be able to come back into such a winning team."

Hogg made 24 appearances for Canberra and was a member of the squad that claimed the W-League's championship and premiership double in 2011-12.

But by the time the finals rolled around, Hogg was in Florida — she missed out on championship success.

It has made her even hungrier to taste W-League glory but she has no expectations of filtering straight into United's match-day squad for the clash against Adelaide United at McKellar Park on Saturday.

"Training is fantastic, everyone is highly competitive and it's energetic and it's positive," Hogg said.

"It's just a great environment to be in, and pushing me as a player and hopefully I can contribute as much as possible on the back end of the season.

"I'm obviously here to try and add something to the team, but the team has been doing incredibly well despite the result on Tuesday [against Sydney FC].

"We're going to bounce back strong and if I can get on the park that would be great."

Hogg has been training with United for a number of weeks and adds much-needed depth to Canberra's midfield and defence.

W-LEAGUE — ROUND 11

Saturday: Canberra United v Adelaide United at McKellar Park, 6pm.