The script could hardly have been written any better for Danielle Carter, who is set to be part of a Reading FC Women side which will kick off the FA Women’s Super League season away at Arsenal on Sunday 6th September.
Carter joined the Royals this summer after over a decade playing in the red of Arsenal… but she’s keen that there’ll be no favours for her old side when they meet at Meadow Park in less than four weeks' time.
“It’s an early reunion for us – but it’s all business now that I’m a Reading player!” Carter told BBC Radio Berkshire.
“It’ll be nice to go and see the girls early on, but it’s just another game for us, where we’ll be looking to pick up an early three points.
“My loyalties were with Arsenal… but that’s obviously flipped now that I’m in a Reading shirt.
“In this league, we pretty much all know each other. They’ve had some new signings, and so have we. I think it’ll be a good game, in terms of both teams going at it.”
Carter managed to add plenty of medals to the mantlepiece during her time with the Gunners. Little surprise really, as Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City have dominated the women’s game in England for many years.
But our new signing arrives with the ambition of breaking that glass ceiling – the Royals’ never-say-die attitude has stood them in good stead over recent seasons, and Danielle is keen to kick on to the next level.
“This league is getting closer – I think they’ve been the ‘big three’ for as long as I can remember, but the league is getting more competitive,” she continued. “More players are coming from abroad and more young players are stepping up.
“I don’t think the likes of us are too far off knocking on the door of the big three.
“Hopefully I can bring my experience from playing in the WSL for so long at Arsenal, and all the knowledge I’ve got, to Reading. That will help us compete to get up there and challenge those top three.
“When I’m playing for Reading I’ll give 100%. I’m a winner – I want to win in every game, whatever kind of game it is. Hopefully I can be a fan-favourite and make everybody proud at the club.”