Lawrence (picture right) in IBV Vestmannaeyjar Colours
Icelandic dragoness Nadia Lawrence is back home in west Wales playing in the Welsh Premier Women’s League, and she spoke with reporter Robert Clement, about her achievements, experience and future ambitions in football.
“I’ve been in Iceland for two season’s playing for IBV Vestmannaeyjar in Heimaey, which is an island just off the south coast of the country, but now I’m home playing for Newcastle Emlyn, before I sign for an “FA Women’s Super League” club in January”.
The twenty four year old former Pembroke Comprehensive student was asked what attracted her to Iceland.
“It was an opportunity which came from former Wales Women’s manager Jarmo Matikainen, and I asked to go for a trial in Iceland. However, I went to meet them in Spain, because they were on a camp, and they liked me, so I took that opportunity”.
Lawrence added. “It was a step out of my comfort zone, but I thought that if I wanted a career in football where I could improve to the best of my ability, I have to take that chance”.
“I had a part-time job our there, seven until twelve, and following it was training for most days, getting into a routine. I went there because it was an opportunity to improve myself massively in a good environment, and I definitely improved during the second season I was there, as I was injured quite a lot during my first time out there. I’m now back here, and I think that it’s time to compete against good players in the WSL, and prove myself”.
The winger, who featured in the recent Women’s World Cup qualification campaign, was asked how she compared football in Iceland to that in Wales.
“I’ve previously been with UWIC in the Welsh Premiership and also Cardiff City Ladies, but Icelandic football was a step above that, so it was a challenge, but I cannot yet compare the WSL to the Icelandic League until I experience it”.
She remarked about her recent Welsh Premier game against Port Talbot Town where she was a constant threat, creating goal scoring options for Newcastle Emlyn.
“I tried my best, but I was apparently offside quite a lot, however I think that we played well as a team compared to recent games, where we appeared to slip at the last moment, and we were fortunate to hold on for a 1-0 win with a quality finish from Debbie Wise”.
“I’ve been here since September, so I’ve played in most of the games, but I hope to start training next month with Bristol Academy, with their season probably starting in March”,
“The fact that a number of Welsh international players have done so well in the UEFA Women’s Champion’s League with Bristol Academy, is the reason why I need to take the opportunity to develop myself to a higher standard, with Angharad James, Sophie Ingle, Natasha Harding and Loren Dykes having all reached it, so I now also need to take a positive step in that direction”.
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