Albion's goalkeeper wants to challenge for the number one spot.
Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Faye Baker is eager to confine an injury-plagued period in her career to the past, as she seeks to challenge for the number one spot.
The Seagulls shot-stopper has been out for approximately a year and is now delighted to be back involved with the squad, ahead of today’s match against Sheffield at the Amex.
She said, “It’s been a long time coming and it’s something I've been working towards for ages.
“I initially tore my quad just after Christmas last season, but due to the nature of the season and what we were trying to achieve, I played through it and kept making it worse.
“I spent the whole of last summer rehabbing from my torn quad while my team-mates were either out on loan or resting. I worked hard and went into the training ground on my own. In my first training session from tearing my quad, I broke my foot in two places three minutes into the session! That was back in October.
"In football terms, it's probably been the toughest challenge I have had to go through mentally, but at the same time it’s strengthened me as a character and made me realise how much I want it.”
Baker is now looking forward to battling with Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Emma Byrne, and is keen to play a part in today's match at the Amex.
“It’s a new situation for me because I'm not used to having a lot of competition, either here or at my previous clubs.
“I think it will add another string to my bow and make me stronger mentally, dealing with goalkeepers that are more than capable of taking my place. If someone said to me five years ago that I’d be challenging arguably the most successful goalkeeper in English football, then I’d have laughed. It’s a challenge I relish and not one I will give up easily.
“My aim is to be involved in some way on Sunday. It’s an honour to be able to play at the Amex and an experience that was one of the highlights of last season for me.
“It’s a game I want to be involved in, and it’s a case of keeping my head down, working hard and making sure that I get myself into the squad.”
Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £4 for under-16s and over-65s. The club are also offering a family ticket for groups of two adults and two under-16s for just £20.
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