FARROW’S SWITCH TO
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