The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

VICKI Green­well is des­per­ate to end her Sun­der­land ca­reer on a high with a win over ti­tle-chas­ing Chelsea tonight – but ad­mits she has mixed emo­tions over hang­ing up her boots for good.

The 30-year-old – who works as a site man­ager for civil en­gi­neer­ing firm Sey­mours – an­nounced her re­tire­ment af­ter seven years with the Lady Black Cats, fol­low­ing nine with north­east ri­vals New­cas­tle and a spell in the USA with Mem­phis.

“Play­ing football for 16 years is some­thing I’ve loved, but I have a ca­reer which is im­por­tant to me,” she said.

“I work 50 hours a week in my job and it’s hard to com­mit to the train­ing, the rest and the diet re­quired for WSL 1. I’d keep play­ing if I could.”

Green­well has en­joyed a stel­lar de­but sea­son in WSL 1, scor­ing a stun­ning free-kick in Sun­der­land’s 3-0 win over Birm­ing­ham and bag­ging eight as­sists.

But af­ter los­ing her start­ing spot in the Sun­der­land side at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, Green­well ad­mits she nearly walked away from the club ear­lier.

She added: “At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son I found it dif­fi­cult to adapt to life in WSL 1.

“But then I thought, ‘Let’s do this year, you’ve come this far’, and I’m glad I did – play­ing ev­ery week has been a huge bonus.

“If we can fin­ish off with a win, that would be the ic­ing on the cake.”

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