Le Tissier looking forward to the next chapter

Maya Le Tissier is looking forward to opening a new chapter in her fledgling career after an eventful past six months for both club and country.

By James Hilsum • 13 August 2019

By Kieran Cleeves

Le Tissier made her first two senior appearances for the club in December, and followed it up by captaining England’s under-17s in their frustrating groups stages exit at the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championships in May.

She explained how those experiences of the highs and lows of football will stand her in good stead going into the future.

By Kieran Cleeves

She said, “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, but football is all about highs and lows. I made my first team debut back in December against Palace, which was such a great experience, and then to make my league debut against Chelsea a few days later was incredible.

“The Euro qualifiers went well in September and March, then we got to the finals and unfortunately we went out because we needed to score one more goal after winning two of our three games. It’s just something that we’ll learn from.

“You want these things to happen early in your career because you can then look and learn from it. When I get older, I’ll hopefully be able to use that experience playing in the WSL with Brighton and hopefully in the older age groups for England too.”

The 17-year-old admits to being staggered at the progress she has made since leaving Guernsey to pursue her dream at the club, and is now eager to see what lies ahead for both England and Brighton.

“It’s incredible coming from where I was two years ago, when I was still playing football with the boys back in Guernsey. Then to make my WSL debut and captain my country is unbelievable.

“Sometimes I just can’t believe it and I haven’t had time to really reflect on it, but I’m sure as time goes by I’ll be able to look back on what I’ve achieved.

“I made the decision to move over and thought this was the best move for me at this stage of my development. I feel that it’s a decision that’s really paid off, and I’m just trying to improve.”

By Kieran Cleeves

The midfielder also expressed her excitement at the club’s bold plans for the women’s team, but is remaining grounded and highlighted the importance of learning from her more experienced team-mates during the current pre-season tour in Spain.

“We like big challenges and being under pressure to try and improve. For me as a player coming through at Brighton, it’s exciting to see what this team can do and to improve on our first season in the WSL.

“Personally I want to show what I can do and develop even more. It’s the first time I’ve been away with a senior tour, so I want to learn off the other senior players as well because they have a lot more experience than me.

“I just want to improve day in day out. The main thing is to work hard and do my best.”

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