Danielle Turner has come a long way since having her hopes of representing her school football team dashed only because she was a girl.
Launching our new feature My Journey, Everton Academy graduate Turner explains the obstacles she had to overcome to carve out a career in the game she loves, details her path to the Blues' first team via Manchester United, a US college and a loan spell in Iceland, and outlines her pride at the giant strides forward the women's game has taken since her own experience of being excluded from selection despite teachers telling her she was good enough to play.
Turner, Everton's Club captain, also describes the impact going professional in 2017 has had on her game and career - and why it is so important the "pipe dream" she had of becoming a full-time player growing up is now a realistic ambition for aspiring female footballers everywhere.
Everton Ladies take on Bristol City in their opening home game of the season at 12.30pm on Sunday.
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