Grace Palmer says she’s ready to “get stuck in” at Lewes after making her debut off the bench against Birmingham at the weekend.
Palmer, 18, joins Lewes this summer from Chelsea’s academy, having previously spent her teenage years going through the age tiers at Southampton.
And the midfielder, who came off the bench to play in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham, says she’s already getting to know the club and town very well.
“The values of the club were something that really struck me,” says Palmer. “Being at Equally FC is great and Lewes are really leading the way in world football with this, and giving a path for other clubs to follow.
‘There’s a real feeling of togetherness’
“I had chats with Scott and the team, and everyone was really welcoming. Everything they said to me was positive, and made me feel that this is somewhere I want to be.
“It’s such an amazing place, where everyone knows everyone and there’s a real feeling of togetherness.”
Lewes came close to beating Birmingham at the weekend but had to settle for a point in the opening game of the Women’s Championship season.
And it’s an experience Palmer wants more of.
“I came off the bench and it was great – making my debut in the Championship as well,” Palmer says. “It was a tough game and when I came on it was during a transitional period, but the girls did really well – particularly in the first half.
“In the end it was good to be able to hold Birmingham to a draw, considering they were playing in the WSL last season.”
‘I love getting stuck into a challenge’
Rooks fans will be able to see Palmer and her teammates in action on Sunday when Southampton arrive at the Dripping Pan for the 12:30pm kick off.
You can still buy Lewes FC tickets for the game, and Palmer is looking forward to seeing the home crowd for the first time.
“I can’t wait to get to the Pan. To get on that brand new pitch, it will be amazing to play on a surface like that,” she says. “I’m hoping to meet all the fans and experience some of the famous atmosphere!
“Defensively I love getting stuck into a challenge, it’s something I really enjoy. When it comes to going forward, I’m creative and I like to try and make things happen.”
Remember, tickets are still available for Sunday’s game against Southampton, but they’re selling fast. Buy Lewes FC tickets online today and get a discount!
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