02 April 2020

West Ham keeper Brosnan 'loving' Women's Super League challenge

West Ham keeper Courtney Brosnan says she's 'loving' playing in the Women's Super League.

The 24 year-old has enjoyed spells with college side Syracuse Orange in the US, Le Havre in France, as well as making an appearance for the Republic of Ireland national team.

But she believes the move to The Hammers last year is her toughest challenge yet.

Speaking on the West Ham website, she said: "I love playing in this league. It’s one of the top leagues in world football and, having been here for a few months now, you learn that every single game is really tough. 

"It doesn’t matter if you’re playing the top team in the division or the bottom; it will be a hard game. I don’t think that’s something you necessarily find in other leagues.

"This is a different level of football. Everyone wants to play at the highest level and everyone wants to think they can do it too. When you get here, it’s a learning curve. For me, I had to work hard and show I could compete for my spot and perform in the Barclays FA WSL."

Brosnan has had to fight for her place in the team given the east London outfit already had an established No 1 when she joined in Anna Moorhouse.

However, Brosnan believes that is something which has helped both of them as keepers despite the fact that they are ultimately rivals for a starting place.

"I think it’s great for Anna and I to have that relationship; work together, learn from each other, help each other and push each other," she added.

"The goalkeeping coach, Billy [Stewart], talks to both of us a lot about being the team’s goalkeepers and how Anna and I are the only ones in this team who could know what the other one is going through during a match.

"I’ve learned a lot from that and we want to be supportive of each other, even when you’re not the one playing. I want to encourage her when she’s in the team and she does the same for me."

The WSL is currently suspended until April 30 along with all other elite football in England.

West Ham are eighth in the table, ten points above Liverpool in the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

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