Helen Seed “Excited” after Signing Pro Contract
Defender Helen Seed becomes the latest client to have graduated from university and signed a professional contract.
The 23-year-old has been snapped up by Swiss side FF Lugano 1976. The Swiss side will be competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League in the 2019-20 season.
Lugano play in the highest division of the Swiss Championship and Seed said that she’s “excited” to be playing pro.
“I’m really excited to have signed for FF Lugano,” she said. “To have the chance to play football in a new country and in a competitive league is fantastic.
“I’ve been really lucky to have played in the US for four years. I can’t wait to continue my playing career on a professional level. I’m really thankful for this opportunity.”
Seed made 19 starts for Blackburn Rovers Ladies in the 2013-14 season before heading over to the US. The defender was a student-athlete at Carson-Newman University.
The centre-back went on to have one of the most historic careers, as a defender, in Carson-Newman colours after starting 77 games in her time there.
Seed one of the most decorated players in Carson-Newman history
This remains the third-best of all time. The Preston-native started 23 games and picked up two awards in her senior year. She picked up USC First-Team All-American honours and NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Championships All-Tournament Team Selection.
Speaking about her time at Carson-Newman, Seed said: “As a Student-Athlete, I’ve been lucky to have the chance to train, practice six days per week and play two games a week during the season.
“This needed 100% commitment, a lot of hard work to keep my position in the starting 11 and keep up to date with my studies. Hopefully this will prepare me for the high level of commitment required at the professional level.”
The defender has been working and coaching this past year and spoke about how the opportunity with FF Lugano transpired.
She added: “The move to FF Lugano came about in a not so typical way. After I graduated in 2018 I stayed out in the USA for another year working and coaching, but obviously really missed playing competitive football.
“I decided to get myself out there again, so I went to combines in Florida and also sent my resume and footage to international coaches. FF Lugano got in touch and said they needed a Center Back for the upcoming season and I couldn’t say no.”
Lugano, the place itself, is a picturesque city located in the southern parts of Switzerland, near the border with Italy. It would take, just over, an hour to drive to the Italian capital of Milan from Lugano.
Champions League football was a big thing for Seed, who could become the second client to feature in the competition in the last couple of years.
The centre-back could go up against title-holders Lyon or against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Manchester City in the Round of 32 later this year.
FF Lugano finished second in the Nationalliga A last season. Seed said that she’s hoping to “build on that success” with the team in the 2019-20 season.
“I’m excited to be competing again, and what better place to be doing it than in Lugano. It’s located in Switzerland right on the border with Italy and it is a beautiful place.
“Also to be playing in a new league, with a different style of football will be exciting and challenging. Then there’s the Champions League, which is just crazy.
“The team last year obviously worked really hard to qualify for the competition. So it’s going to be great to build on that success and enjoy the experience of competing with other elite teams in Europe.”
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