Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Megan Connolly reflected on a rollercoaster few months after adjusting to becoming a professional footballer, and says her experience on the south coast has surpassed her expectations.
The Republic of Ireland international swapped college football in Florida for the Albion in January, and she explained how she was thrown into the thick of the action straight away.
She said, “It was a big transition for me, as I finished playing at college in December and become a professional just a month later.
“It made it even harder arriving in the middle of the season, but as I started playing a few games, I really began to enjoy it and I learned a lot in the first few games I played.
“Getting that experience and playing against big players and top teams helped my transition, and all the staff and players were so welcoming too.”
The 22-year-old singled out the 2-1 victory over Birmingham City as the most important result of the season, highlighting the passion and desire to get the result.
“I played in the games before where we didn’t get the results we wanted. I could tell how much everyone cared about that win and how much they wanted to do well as a team.
“Going 1-0 down and winning, they’re the games you want to be involved in. As the underdog, it felt even better.”
Away from the pitch, Connolly spoke of her pride at being involved in the club’s kit launch and to represent the club in such a big campaign.
“The production was unbelievable and it was difficult to know what it would turn out like, but when the video and pictures came out, I felt so cool!
“My family loved it. They’re sending it round to everyone they know, and sharing it everywhere on Facebook!
“It’s a proud moment for them. Growing up you have dreams of being part of a Premier League club, and to be in those pictures is such a proud moment.”