Aberdeen Ladies have announced the signing of midfielder Holly Dawson from US W-League side Long Island Rough Riders.
The former Arsenal Ladies Football Academy player moves to the North East of Scotland after seven years in the States.
Speaking about her time in the States, Dawson said: “It is an amazing set up in America as you are given the opportunity to train at a competitive level, while also gaining high quality education. It is very professional, and a huge commitment. It is important to keep up your grades, because if they fall, you don’t play, so that was a big motivation for me to keep my grades up.”
“What has been great to see now that I am back in Scotland after being away for 10 years, is the level of professionalism and development in the women’s game. It is continuing to grow, and more and more girls are starting to participate in the game which is great to see.”
“One big difference I found playing ‘soccer’ in America, compared to here in the UK was the technical and tactical level of play. In America, the majority of players are very strong, fast and overall very good athletes; however, some lacked the technical and tactical elements of the game. American’s have so many options of sports to participate in and watch, so it is not as common for individuals to predominantly play and watch football.”
After spending time with her new team during the close season, Dawson is looking forward to the new season ahead.
She added: “Now that I am back in Scotland, and spent the last few weeks training with Aberdeen, I am very impressed with the level of play, and the professionalism of the club. It was difficult for me to play at the level I would like in America as I was working full-time; therefore, a goal of mine moving home was to play at a competitive level again, which is why I am really looking forward to signing for Aberdeen Ladies.”
Aberdeen manager Allan Smith added: “We are delighted to welcome Holly to the Club. She has lots of experience from her time in the US, and I expect her to be a great addition to the squad for the 2015 campaign.”