Friday 11 May 2018

CONNIE SCOFIELD SIGNS FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT

Blues Ladies England Youth international Connie Scofield has been rewarded with a professional contract.

The Under-19 international has agreed a one-year deal with the Club.

Scofield, 18, is the latest rising young star to come through the Blues Ladies Development side.

"I am delighted to sign for the team that I have grown up with," she said. "It is something that I have always hoped to do. It is very exciting and it shows that girls like me can go through the youth pathway."

Scofield, from Halesowen, played for boys team Halas Hawkes before joining Blues at the age of nine.

She has followed a route that was trodden by one of her inspirations and another local heroine, Blues Ladies Captain Kerys Harrop.

And it is one that required plenty of graft.

"Yes a lot of training hours, getting wet and cold, but when you are doing something that you love you don’t mind. I was always aware of Kez's pathway as she also played through the centre of excellence like me, which was inspiring."

Scofield knows that it is just the beginning; she intends to try and better her own game and force her way regularly into Manager Marc Skinner's plans.

Her immediate aims are "to continue to improve as a player, listen to advice and play as much First Team football as possible".

She added: "A lot of hard work will be needed if I want to improve and be an important member of the squad. I have a great team to work with and great coaching staff too and we all try to get the best out of each other."

Blues Ladies face Everton Ladies at Marine FC in their penultimate game of the WSL 1 season on Sunday (2pm).

They will be looking to bounce back from a first defeat in seven matches, at title-chasing Chelsea Ladies on Wednesday.

Blues take to the St. Andrew's stage on Sunday, 20 May against Reading Women (12.30pm).

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