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WATCH: How Kelly Went From Cage Footballer To WSL Player Of The Month

Everton striker on honing her skills on the streets of Ealing and how "friendly" Scousers helped her stave off homesickness.

"It was hard at first but I think the city's great and there's great people here. I think everyone's so friendly in Liverpool."

Ask Chloe Kelly about uprooting from her home in Ealing, West London to complete a permanent move to Everton in January 2018 at the age of just 20 and she'll tell you it was tough.

After all, it was a home she says made her as a player and a person, battling alongside her brothers and their friends in the unforgiving environment of the cages on the estate where they lived having honed not only her skills but given her an inner strength to succeed.

In the latest episode of My Journey, Kelly - who was named the WSL's Player of the Month for September - discusses her upbringing and why Ealing remains close to her heart, explains how she elected to leave education at 16 to focus her attention on football, and describes how the "friendly" nature of Liverpudlians helped her overcome her initial struggles to settle 200 miles from home.

 

The striker, now 21, also talks about playing alongside her idols Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey at Arsenal, and why she thinks Everton Women's new-look squad has the potential to be "something special" under boss Willie Kirk.

My Journey has been produced in association with Official Women's team supporter Lil-Lets. Watch the video via the player above or by clicking here.

Everton Ladies take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Southport FC's Pure Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 12.30pm).

Season Ticket, Lounge and Official Members can attend the fixture for FREE by showing their Season Ticket or Membership card at the turnstile.

Tickets are otherwise available from £2.50. To buy online, click here.

Users of the official Everton app can also navigate to the 'Video' section.

04:41 Wed 23 Oct 2019

WATCH: How Kelly Went From Cage Footballer To WSL Player Of The Month

"It was hard at first but I think the city's great and there's great people here. I think everyone's so friendly in Liverpool."

Ask Chloe Kelly about uprooting from her home in Ealing, West London to complete a permanent move to Everton in January 2018 at the age of just 20 and she'll tell you it was tough.

After all, it was a home she says made her as a player and a person, battling alongside her brothers and their friends in the unforgiving environment of the cages on the estate where they lived having honed not only her skills but given her an inner strength to succeed.

In the latest episode of My Journey, Kelly - who was named the WSL's Player of the Month for September - discusses her upbringing and why Ealing remains close to her heart, explains how she elected to leave education at 16 to focus her attention on football, and describes how the "friendly" nature of Liverpudlians helped her overcome her initial struggles to settle 200 miles from home.

 

The striker, now 21, also talks about playing alongside her idols Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey at Arsenal, and why she thinks Everton Women's new-look squad has the potential to be "something special" under boss Willie Kirk.

My Journey has been produced in association with Official Women's team supporter Lil-Lets. Watch the video via the player above or by clicking here.

Everton Ladies take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Southport FC's Pure Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 12.30pm).

Season Ticket, Lounge and Official Members can attend the fixture for FREE by showing their Season Ticket or Membership card at the turnstile.

Tickets are otherwise available from £2.50. To buy online, click here.

Users of the official Everton app can also navigate to the 'Video' section.

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