Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Chloe Peplow is looking to continue the feel-good factor generated from a positive summer with England, heading into the new FA Women’s Super League season.
Peplow played a key role in England’s run to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup semi-finals last month, and is eager to continue that momentum heading into today’s season opener against Bristol City.
She said, “I feel excited more than anything. We’ve got a good squad and Hope has added a lot of depth to it.
“I think the girls have done well in the first two games of the season; I thought they put in a good performance against Chelsea and were a bit unlucky to lose on penalties to Tottenham after doing so well to come back into the game.
“As someone coming back into the squad, I want to take my form from international level into club football and replicate that on the pitch in order to get as many minutes as possible.”
The midfielder spoke more about her experience at the tournament as a whole, and was delighted to surpass expectation by securing a third-place finish.
“I played in every minute of all the games apart from one. I got a yellow card in the Mexico game and was substituted because a sending off would have seen me miss the quarter-final.
“Despite losing in the semi-final to Japan, I came away from it on a high, because playing at the World Cup is everyone’s dream.
“To go out there and play as much I did is an experience that I will never forget and it was probably the best experience of my life.”
Matters turned back to Albion and Peplow spoke about how well settled she is at the club after arriving in January from Birmingham, before assessing the potential in the current squad.
“The facilities here are amazing, and being based at the Amex is great and shows that both teams are treated equally by the club.
“Hope [Powell] and Amy [Merricks] were very welcoming when I signed, and that enabled me to settle in very quickly.
“The girls here are really lovely, and it’s also a very talented team too.
“Everyone here is so nice and that really helps coming into a new team, but it’s a team that’s got a lot to give and a lot more to show this season.”
Chloe Peplow was speaking to The Albion Roar, broadcast on Radio Reverb every Saturday. Click here to listen to previous recordings of the show.
Tickets are available on the gate for this today's game against Bristol City, with adult entry priced at £10, under-21s/over-65 tickets at £8, under-18s at £7 and under-10s at £4.