CAT VICKI MAKES A VOW TO BOW OUT IN STYLE
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.”