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'Being a mum is the best job in the world'

Albion striker Whelan looking forward to WSL finale followed by time with son Jenson.

By Bruce Talbot • 08 May 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Aileen Whelan has four goals so far this campaign.

New mum Aileen Whelan is looking forward to some quality time with son Jenson at the end of the season.

But the Albion striker knows there is still work to do first, starting against Bristol City on Sunday in their final WSL game of the season at the People's Pension Stadium.

Aileen and former Albion teammate Fern became parents last month and describes it as 'the best job in the world.'

“Becoming a mum is very hard, but the season is nearly over now so I will be able to have more time with the baby and Fern. We didn’t plan it like that so we’re very fortunate in that respect.

“It's the best job in the world being a mum. I could do with a bit more sleep but I can normally have a nap in the afternoon.”

Albion can secure a top-six finish if they win on Sunday, providing Reading do not beat leaders Chelsea in their final game while Bristol City must win to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Whelan added, “We've been in that fight [to avoid relegation] so we know how much it will mean to them. They will come at us, so for 90 minutes we need to be switched on, but we will be prepared.

“Having played against Matt Beard's teams before, I know Bristol City will be going out from minute one to score goals. I'm sure it will be quite physical because of the tension for both sides – we want to finish in the top six so there is a big incentive for us too.”

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