Chelsea FC Women forward Sam Kerr has revealed how she is settling into life in London, after her recent move to the capital, she also spoke about her new team-mates and captaining Australia to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic finals.
The 26-year-old is already a proven prolific goalscorer in the USA and Australia and in December made the big decision to move to the Blues to compete in the European game. Although we are maybe yet to see the football the striker is capable of, Kerr has insisted the best is yet to come.
‘Whenever you go to any new club – even when I changed from Sky Blue to Chicago – it’s hard,' she explained. 'Changing cities, changing teams, living in a new, foreign place. That’s always the hardest part for me – settling off field and playing well on the field.
‘When I first got there [Chelsea] I was sick, then I travelled back home for the Olympic qualifiers, then that got extended because of all this stuff that’s going on, then back home for 12 days, then back here.
‘So I actually haven’t been there [Chelsea] that much, but I’ve been enjoying it, and I’m looking forward to getting home to really dig my heels in and get amongst it.
‘I haven’t really had the opportunity to show who I am as a person or a player yet, which is tough because you want to become a friend in the team more than anything, and I haven’t really had that opportunity.
‘It’s going to be a challenge to make the starting team rather than just rock up every day and play on the weekend and not have to train well.
‘I didn’t want to upset the team, and I haven’t really put my best foot forward yet playing-wise with injuries, sickness, travelling, but I didn’t want to upset someone like Beth [England], and the fact that she’s kept scoring during this run is an amazing thing.
‘She’s having a breakout year and I’m really proud to be a part of it and I’m happy to learn from these amazing players, that play different styles to me.’
Having won a number of individual honours over the years, a key reason as to why Kerr made the decision to sign for Chelsea was to be part of a team that has the capabilities of winning trophies and titles. The No.20 picked up her first piece of silverware for the Blues when she played a part in our historic Continental Tyres Cup final against Arsenal back in February and said: ‘Yeah, it was amazing. It was an amazing experience to play in a big game.
‘A cup final against Arsenal, a big crowd, such a historic moment, and Chelsea had never won it, so it was amazing to be a part of it. I felt proud to be a part of it.
‘That’s why I went to Chelsea, and I was really happy with it.'
Kerr, who netted three times in the Olympic play-offs against Vietnam recently, taking her international goal scoring tally to 42, has been a part of the Australian national team since the age of 16 and has acknowledged how far women’s football has come worldwide since the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
At the end of the Rio 2016 Kerr had eight international goals to her name and could never have imagined how far she has come just four years on.
‘When you’ve only scored eight goals you don’t imagine yourself scoring five times that in the next four years,’ Kerr said.
‘I’m really proud of the work I’ve done to get here, and I think, going forward to these Olympics, it just shows how far the team has come.
‘I don’t score any of those goals alone, so for me it’s about how the Matildas have come as a team and really there’s no pressure on myself to keep scoring. It’s about the team performing, and the goals will come whether it’s me or any of the other forwards or midfielders.
‘I just hope it keeps going forward, and I feel really lucky that I’m living in this time now because there’s a lot of retired players who kind of see what we’re going through at the moment, and, you know, that’s what they hoped for.
‘I know they’re happy that the female game is reaping the rewards for all the work they’ve done, so I feel really lucky living in this time, but there’s still so much work to go.'