Whipp "Cant Wait" to Get Started With Birmingham
Forward Lucy Whipp said she “can’t wait” to get started with her new side, Birmingham City Women.
The Blues, who play in the Women's Super League, announced the signing of PASS4 client Whipp last week, just a few months after she graduated from St John’s University.
Whipp started her career with Everton Ladies, who Birmingham play on the opening day of the 2019-20 season, before going out to the United States for four years.
The 23-year-old has returned back to England and the chance to compete in the top-flight of women’s football excites her.
“I’m really excited to be at Birmingham and can’t wait to get started,” Whipp said. “They had a good season in the WSL last year, finishing fourth and I’m looking forward to building on that success and also improving myself as a player.”
She continued: “It’s definitely exciting to be able to compete against some of the best teams and players in the country again.
“As a player, you want to test yourself against the best player’s wee- in week-out so it’s a good environment to be in.
“I think the WSL will be more competitive than it’s ever been this season and hopefully it will gain even more momentum after a successful World Cup so I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”
Having spent the last four years studying in the US, while also being a full-time athlete, the transition back to professional football will be a straight forward one.
Whipp scored nine goals and recorded 12 assists across 77 games and she also played alongside England international Rachel Daly at SJU.
The forward, who has played for England from Under-15 to Under-23 level, started all 18 games for the Red Storm in her senior year and believes her time in the States helped her.
The forward added: “Playing at university in the U.S. has definitely helped prepare me for playing full-time in a professional league.
“At college we would train every day at a high intensity and we’d also do a lot of work in the gym to prepare us for the physical side of the game, so, from that aspect, I’m ready for the transition into training full-time with Birmingham.
“Also, living in the US gave me a chance to live away from home and to be independent, so that’s definitely going to help me now that I’m living away from home again.”
Birmingham’s game against Everton is on September 8 and we look forward to seeing how Whipp and the Blues get on this season.