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🗨️ Fishlock delighted to be here to help Reading FC Women try to realise its ambitions

Welsh international record-maker on playing alongside her Welsh girls, the awe-inspiring Fara Williams and her hopes and aims whilst at Reading...

21 August 2020

Wales, England, Holland, Australia, USA, Scotland, Germany, France...and now Jess Fishlock starts live in Berkshire as a loan signing for Kelly Chambers' WSL side. It's been quite a career to date, and Jess is hoping she can add more achievements to her long list during a loan stint in RG2.

"I’m settling in well," she smiled. "The group are a really nice bunch of girls and the coaching staff have been really welcoming. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m really happy to be here.

"With injury, the last year or so has been the most frustrating period of my career - and 2020 has just added to that frustration, but you’ve got to take that in your stride and I’m trying to make it work for me by coming here on loan and getting back out there.

"It’s kind of ironic, because these last couple of years are the years I was aiming not to play in the off-season at all. I’m getting on and playing more and more football.

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"But the way that 2020 has panned out, you kind of have to go and play. The situation is so unique at the moment, so clubs and individuals have to adapt. And I’m lucky that the Reign are very supportive of that and also that Reading were keen to make the loan happen.

"You can see in Kelly her intent – Reading have finished there or thereabouts and they have the ambition to take it to the next level. Everyone here is really excited and I’m really excited to be a part of that ambition.

"This league keeps getting better and better, year on year, progressing and developing. And it has a great opportunity to push on again, a unique opportunity to really strive forward. It’s exciting to be here for that."

Fishlock, the most-capped Welsh international of all time, is amongst friends here in Reading. She is surrounded by Welsh compatriots and has an MBE in common with a player she has always respected, England's most-capped international Fara Williams.

"The Welsh girls are really good friends of mine – so it’s nice to be training with them and be around them all the time.

"They told me a lot of good things about the club, so that was good to hear. And we’ve never really had a lot of Wales players in one team, so that can be helpful for the country if we're all playing together on a regular basis.

"As for Fara...It’s funny I’m here with her. I was in awe of her growing up. She was always, for me, one of England’s best players, full stop.

"You see her today on the training ground – she’s still so good, top quality. And it’s fun to be around her now at the same club."


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