After six years at Scottish champions Glasgow City, and two successive years of captaining Eddie Wolecki Black’s side to a domestic treble – not to mention European qualification to the knock out stages – Aberdonian Rachel Corsie has hung up her City kit and made the move south to the promised land of professional football in England with FA WSL side Notts County.
Having one everything in Scotland with Glasgow City, Corsie speaking exclusively to Scotzine said that she decided the time was right to leave Scotland’s largest city for a new challenge.
AM: How did the move transpire?
RC:I knew towards the end of the season, once I returned fully fit after my injury at the end of last year, that I felt I was at the right point in my career for a new challenge. At this point, I actively got in touch with some friends who play in other leagues around the World about any potential opportunities for me. Things really just went from there.
AM: You reportedly had other offers – including Sweden – was the decision to move to England more down to the cultural aspect, the league itself, family or more to do with your job?
RC: Yeah – for me I found the decision making a really tough process. It was a new experience and I was quite anxious about making the right one.
The offer to move to Sweden would have undoubtedly been an excellent football move as it is one of the best leagues in the world arguably. However, I felt that the overall package at Notts County was the best decision for me at the time for more personal reasons along with the football ambitions being similar to my own as well.
Although I have had a mixed response from some on the outside I feel comfortable that the move is right for me just now and the first few weeks here have proved that.
AM: Why Notts County? Were there any other offers on the table from English clubs? What attracted you to the club?
RC: I felt the club was right for me at the time and having been here for a month now I feel that my decision has been the right one.
Although I had other potential interest, I was really impressed by what was offered to me and felt it was an environment I would work well in and also one where I would maximise my development at – which was a very important factor to me.
AM: After captaining Glasgow City and coming through the ranks there – did you feel that you achieved all you could with the Scottish champions? Did you attain all the goals you set yourself there or was/is there something that you had hoped you would achieve but did not?
RC: I was very proud to have contributed to the success of Glasgow City in the past 6 seasons and have achieved and learnt so much from the club. I did feel though, that for my own development it was necessary to move on and try something different. As an ambitious person, I felt I needed a new challenge and I want to try and win trophies now with Notts.
AM: The City squad seems to be in a state of flux now – with a number of changes both enforced by players moving to other clubs or by Eddie releasing players – will the club still retain its title next season? Can it match last season’s high of another domestic treble and last 16 of the UWCL?
RC: In my opinion, City are still the best club in Scotland. Having trained with the team earlier in the year and having been at a couple of the pre season friendlies the quality lost has been very well replaced.
In football, players move on all the time and from the outside it appears the squad has changed fairly drastically, and despite people hoping this will be the year City give up their reign I still believe they will be at the top of the league come November.
Eddie is a very experienced coach and always gets the best from his players and I hope they can continue to match the success and go even further.
AM: How hard was it to leave City and the players? What was the reaction from your team mates, Eddie and likes of Laura on your decision to move on?
RC: It was hard to say bye to a club which has had a massive contribution to all the personal achievements I have made in the last few years and they know that I have extremely grateful for all they have done for me. I made a lot of very good friends there and I hope we do still remain close. I will always continue to support the club and look forward to following there 2014 campaign as a fan.
AM: What are you looking forward to the most about playing in England?
RC: I am looking forward to being a full time professional. For me to step up to the next level it will be fundamental to be able to solely focus on my game and work every single day at improving on it.
I also cant wait for the league to start as all the teams look to be very competitive this year, which again is something that will test me every week and is an exciting challenge.
AM: Did you talk through the move with the Scotland coach Anna Signeul? And if so what did she say?
RC: Anna was always kept up to date as things progressed in the off season as I spoke with various clubs.
Although she wants her own Scottish league to be strong she was supportive and understanding to my own personal needs and congratulated me on my move becoming a professional footballer. She knows this will be important in developing me game and hopefully I can prove this in the coming International matches this year too.
AM: There are more Scots playing outwith the country than ever before – majority seem to be from the Scotland first team – will this professional and higher standard of opposition help Scotland in general as they look to qualify for the World Cup?
RC: I hope so. I think playing with and against some of the best players in the world can only be beneficial to an individuals development. It is up to the players to then ensure they bring this experience and their ability to the national team when international fixtures arrive.
I think this year we have given ourselves a great opportunity in our Euro qualifying campaign and without getting carried away prematurely we must continue to grow and perform to these high standards now set.
AM: With you now handing over the captaincy at City – what words of wisdom do you have for your successor?
RC: No words of wisdom. The girls are in great hands with Leanne Ross and she has shown so now for many years at City.
We would like to thank Rachel for taking the time out of her schedule to answer our questions and we wish her well for the next stage of her career in English football.