NEW AND EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal and England’s Alex Scott joins The Offside Rule

The Offside Rule is delighted to announce the introduction of our newest blogger – England and Arsenal’s Alex Scott. This week she takes the time to formally introduce herself…

The new WSL season is upon us and it sure is going to be an exciting one.

My name is Alex Scott and I play for Arsenal, the team I have supported since I can even remember.

I used to love traveling to Highbury to watch the men play. Ian Wright was always my favourite player – that infectious smile he had when playing and the passion he used to show in a Arsenal shirt, just rubbed off on me.

Still to this day I always try and play with a smile on my face and remind myself how much I love the game and how lucky I am to be doing what I do.

Alex began her football career on a London council estate where she was raised by a single mother

Alex began her football career on a London council estate where she was raised by a single mother

I was signed to Arsenal when I was eight after being spotted in a local tournament playing in a boys’ team. Since then I have never thought or dreamed of being anything other then a footballer. I did everything I could to make sure that was my reality.

The women’s game has come such a long way from the days I used to travel to Highbury twice a week for training and play in a hand-me-down kit. I thought I was ‘living the dream’ back then, I didn’t care what I looked liked in my oversized ‘very baggy’ kit.

Little did I know that fast forward to the present day I would have won FA cups, league titles, WSL titles, and a Champions League medal, played in world and European championships and have a special England golden cap in my collection because I’ve had the amazing opportunity to represent my country over 100 times.

Alex made her 100th appearance for England during their Euro 2013 match against Russia

Alex made her 100th appearance for England during their Euro 2013 match against Russia

When I look at that it blows me away, how fortunate can one be? Well for me it doesn’t stop just yet. Like I said, the women’s game has progressed so rapidly, that in this country I now get to train everyday. I spent three years playing professionally in America for the Boston Breakers, which was truly an amazing experience. To be able to play in England and have a league in which soon most, if not all, players will be professional will be the icing on the cake.

I think this is what brings me full circle to say that this WSL season will be the best one yet. Most clubs are training every day which will improve the standard of play. The backing that the women’s game has got from the FA through to the men’s clubs has allowed for clubs to invest in quality players and allow the WSL to have more parity.

As much as I hate to say it, as I was a part of the Arsenal Ladies’ ‘dominant’ era, I doubt a club will ever have a period like that again in the women’s game. This season every game will be competitive, I believe the title will go to the wire and I think there will be lots of goals.

Arsenal will be looking to regain the WSL title having finished runners-up in 2013

Arsenal will be looking to regain the WSL title having finished runners-up in 2013

My own ambitions have never faulted, I have a winning mentality and Arsenal Ladies will be fighting tooth and nail to make sure we are in contention for trophies. For England I have never taken my place for granted and I love playing for my country. I will work my hardest to stay in Mark Sampson’s plans as I believe this current England team will get to yet another World Cup, where exciting times lay ahead in what is a new era.

And there’s also another adventure -you can catch my blog on the The Offside Rule website where I will bring you a weekly round up on all WSL fixtures.

‘Let the games begin…”

Follow @Alexscott2

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