THOUG H getting into a extra aggressive atmosphere on the Barclay’s FA Girls’s Tremendous League, Jamaica’s Khadija “Bunny” Shaw is intent on extending her wealthy goalscoring kind with new membership Manchester Metropolis.
The 24-year-old striker who scored 24 targets in 21 appearances in all competitions for FC Bordeaux in the course of the 2020/21 marketing campaign, ending the season as Division 1 Female’s prime scorer, is properly conscious that she’s going to now be up in opposition to among the world’s finest strikers and defenders within the cut-throat league.
Nonetheless, Shaw, who will be a part of Manchester Metropolis initially of July following the conclusion of her present contract with Bordeaux, is relishing the problem of getting into and getting the job accomplished when she arrives in England to sport the quantity 21 jersey.
Australia’s Sam Kerr of Chelsea, who was final season’s prime striker, in addition to Netherland’s Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal and England’s Fran Kirby, additionally of Chelsea, are a few of these Shaw must outscore if she is to repeat her Golden Boot feat in her debut Girls’s Tremendous League season.
“Each league brings a unique problem and there are completely nice gamers within the league, so I count on that is one other factor that I must cope with. However, I take issues one step at a time so I need to are available in, meet the women, get coaching, after which when it is sport time, I will deal with it,” Shaw stated in a media roundtable hosted by the membership through Zoom on Friday.
Whereas she could have a star-studded forged to assist her ambitions — England’s Lucy Bronze, Chloe Kelly and Jill Scott, together with Scotland’s Caroline Weir, amongst others — Shaw readily admits that the staff’s success far outweighs any particular person achievements she may purchase alongside the best way.
“I’m very aggressive. My household all the time informed me that I put an excessive amount of stress on myself however that is simply how I’m from after I was very small. Like I stated, it’s a new problem and a brand new atmosphere so it’s simply to get in and do no matter I can to assist the staff,” she informed the small convention of largely British journalists.
“Clearly as a striker or an attacking participant you need to rating targets, however for me it’s extra in regards to the staff. So if which means me not scoring lots of targets however the staff is profitable then I’m superb with that – however scoring lots of targets is unquestionably certainly one of my aims,” the Spanish City native declared.
When requested why she selected Manchester Metropolis, Shaw identified that Jamaican-born England worldwide Raheem Sterling was an enormous affect in her determination to ink the three-year deal, as she has all the time been an ardent admirer of his profession.
She revealed that she has by no means met Sterling however has been monitoring his progress since his teenage years at Liverpool FC.
“It began from Raheem Sterling and we attempt to assist our fellow Jamaicans as a lot as potential. So, when he left Liverpool and went to Manchester, that’s after I began following Manchester Metropolis,” Shaw stated of her love affair with the membership.
“After which they got here up with the ladies’s staff and the league and it is one thing that I’ve all the time wished to be part of. So, I believe it is extremely thrilling. There are lots of nice gamers on the staff and for me, it’s simply to come back in and be taught from them as a lot as I can. So, they may help me and I may help them simply the identical,” she added.
It’s for that purpose Sterling’s Instagram video welcoming her to the England-based membership, forward of the upcoming 2021/22 season, got here as a particular shock for Shaw.
“I simply need to welcome you to the Manchester Metropolis household. You might be coming into a lovely household. It is a close-knit group, the ladies’s and the lads’s groups, so I’m positive I’ll see you quickly. So, ahead and are available do the injury over yah so. All the most effective and hope to see you quickly,” stated Sterling, a Kingston native, who moved to London on the age of 5.
The St Jago Excessive College alumna expressed delight in regards to the welcome video.
“It was fairly cool. It really got here as a shock to me as a result of he’s additionally Jamaican and I’ve by no means met him, however I do know he performs for Manchester Metropolis and I’ve all the time stated that he’s certainly one of my favorite gamers. So, coming to Manchester Metropolis and having Raheem Sterling welcome me is simply an unbelievable feeling,” she beamed.
Like Sterling, the towering Shaw has all the time been praised for her bodily and technical qualities, which she continues to exhibit.
She at present holds the title of Reggae Girlz all-time main goalscorer with a formidable 42 targets in 30 appearances.
“I need to be examined. And there may be a lot expertise within the staff right here so I’m very excited as a result of I need to be in that aggressive atmosphere, and I do know I’ll be taught quite a bit from all people round me.
“Enjoying in opposition to different gamers may help me to enhance. I used to be in France and I gained the Golden Boot so now [my] switch to England is simply one other step in my profession. So for me, to now be competing in opposition to among the finest strikers on this planet is an incredible feeling,” Shaw ended.
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