The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Jack Miller

MOD­EL­LING and foot­ball may seem like ca­reers that are worlds apart. But both are hugely com­pet­i­tive, of­ten rid­dled with knock­backs and re­quire an in­cred­i­bly thick skin to suc­ceed.

La­gan Makin, a 24-year-old mid­fielder who plays for WPL North side Pre­ston North End, has com­bined both roles, as well as over­com­ing a long ill­ness that threat­ened her dreams for two years.

Makin told Women’s Foot­ball Weekly she has bounced back with plans to play in the Su­per League.The chal­lenge of cut­ting it in both pro­fes­sions does not put her off.

She said: “I took a break from every­thing as I had been re­ally poorly. This sea­son I have come back and my mod­el­ling and act­ing have taken off again, too. I was on hol­i­day when I got the call from Luke Swindle­hurst [Pre­ston women’s man­ager].

“I was try­ing to find my­self, if you like, and he said why didn’t I come and start my foot­ball again. So I did and it has been great. But it is not al­ways easy in foot­ball.

“There are al­ways go­ing to be clubs that don’t want you and I have ex­pe­ri­enced that.

“I deal with the same when I go to cast­ings. I can go to ten of them and eight will tell me I don’t fit the bill. In foot­ball, they can want a cer­tain kind of player or be look­ing for younger play­ers. It is a tough industry.”

Her two pas­sions have co­in­cided, with some pro­mo­tional pho­tos be­ing picked up by a This Girl Can cam­paign that pro­motes women in sport – some­thing Makin is keen to sup­port.

She has found some form in re­cent weeks, scor­ing four goals in five games, but her come­back was halted ear­lier in the cam­paign.

“I have not had the best of luck,” said Makin. “In pre­sea­son, I frac­tured my foot, but hope­fully all my in­juries and be­ing so poorly is over. “It can be hard to bal­ance foot­ball and work some­times, but I wouldn’t change it.We train on Tues­day and Thurs­day nights, so I’m usu­ally back from my jobs or cast­ings. But, if I get a big job, it be­comes a bit more dif­fi­cult.

“I just get on with life. I have wanted to act and model since I was young. I have had a few parts in Em­merdale, Hol­lyoaks and some ad­verts, which were all great.“

As for Pre­ston, they sit sixth in the league, but, with two games in hand on lead­ers For­est and a six-point dif­fer­ence to make up, they are cer­tainly worth a shout as ti­tle con­tenders. Fol­low­ing two straight away wins, Makin is in an even more de­ter­mined frame of mind.

“I think we can do it,” she said.We are bet­ter than any team in this league tech­ni­cally. You won’t find a bet­ter team in terms of keep­ing the ball.

“It is an ex­cit­ing time for the team and for me per­son­ally. I have just had a cast­ing with PlayS­ta­tion, so it is all look­ing up. It has been re­ally hard, but I am def­i­nitely feel­ing good in my foot­ball and mod­el­ling ca­reers.”

PRE­STON PALS: Makin, sec­ond left, and team-mates

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