The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Joshua Richards

AL­READY po­tent in at­tack, Chelsea have added Karen Car­ney and Beth Eng­land to their squad for this sea­son.

And, for promis­ing young­ster Mil­lie Far­row, that has prompted a loan switch to Bris­tol City, though the 19-year-old is not a critic of Blues boss Emma Hayes and her trans­fer pol­icy.

Chelsea won the do­mes­tic dou­ble last term and were WSL 1’s top goalscor­ers, so the ad­di­tion of Car­ney, from Birm­ing­ham City, and Don­caster Belles’ Eng­land will send shiv­ers down the spines of top-flight de­fences.

Though Far­row achieved her break­through into the Chelsea team, mak­ing a hand­ful of ap­pear­ances and scor­ing her first se­nior goal against Bris­tol, she has fallen fur­ther down the peck­ing or­der al­most through no fault of her own – but she does not dwell on a missed op­por­tu­nity.

“Chelsea want to be the best team in the coun­try again and Emma Hayes has pres­sure on her to make it hap­pen,” said Far­row.

“I un­der­stand why they have bought as they have. If I were to

go back, it would be hard to break in but, as far as I’m con­cerned, this sea­son I’m a Bris­tol City player and I’ll think about Chelsea next year.

“Pro­mo­tion is some­thing ev­ery­one is hop­ing for and aim­ing for and I don’t see why we can’t do it.”

Far­row was in the thick of the ac­tion as a new era for Bris­tol foot­ball be­gan on Sun­day.

Fol­low­ing a pre-sea­son name change from Academy to City, they played their first com­pet­i­tive match un­der the new moniker on Sun­day and, within a minute, Far­row found the net.

City went on to win the FA Women’s Cup third-round tie against QPR 7-1, with Far­row scor­ing twice. She hopes that is the start of things to come.

“It feels like foot­ball is be­com- ing real now,” she added. “It’s im­por­tant to work hard in train­ing be­cause I want to show the man­ager I am ready to start as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

“It has been a long wait, so it was great to be back out on the pitch. I scored in 57 sec­onds, not that I was count­ing.

“It’s frus­trat­ing be­ing on the bench for any club when you are train­ing full-time and you aren’t re­ally ex­pect­ing to come on. Hope­fully all that will change.”

Far­row was one of six debu­tants on Sun­day and is among 12 new faces boss Wil­lie Kirk has brought to the club.

But she says it has taken no time at all to bond.

“It was a bit like the first day at school, I sup­pose, but since we met ev­ery­one has got on re­ally well,” added the striker.

CITY GIRL: Mil­lie Far­row at Bris­tol

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