WHEN your last name is van Egmond and you play soccer in Newcastle, there is always going to be some attention.
This is certainly true for 15-year-old Emily van Egmond.
Her father, Gary, may be an A-League championship-winning coach with the Newcastle Jets, but the junior van Egmond is carving out her own reputation with the W-League Jets.
At 15 she has already seen enough countries to compare notes with a seasoned backpacker through her duties in the under-16 and under-20 national sides.
Northern NSW Football, which manages the W-League Jets, are trying to market van Egmond as the heir apparent to Matildas and Jets captain Cheryl Salisbury.
Salisbury said it was not all media hype.
"A lot of people ask me is she as good as they make out or is she just going by her dad's name," Salisbury said.
"I think you see on the park that she's definitely her own person and she can play, and that's been evident in the games."
Van Egmond admits talk of her emulating Salisbury makes her nervous.
"It does a little bit I was surprised when I first heard it," van Egmond said.
Van Egmond has played six W-League games for two goals this season.
She admitted stepping up to play in the national women's competition and juggling Australian junior commitments had been difficult.
"I'm playing left wing, which is a new role, but each week I'm getting better and knowing what I'm doing in the role," she said. "It is hard but it's also a good challenge to see if you're up to it. So you also have a lot to prove."
The Jets will fly to Perth on Saturday in preparation for Sunday's game with the Glory.
A win will secure them a home semi-final at EnergyAustralia Stadium, but a draw or a loss will give Canberra United the chance to overtake them and secure hosting rights for the semi-final.