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Europe is the next target for Reading - Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh
Walsh previously played for neighbours Slough

Reading's Kate Walsh says the club is now targeting European success after clinching the Premier League title.

Reading won the domestic title for the first time at the weekend, beating Leicester 3-2 in the play-off final.

Walsh told BBC Berkshire: "That's the next step for us and for all English sides - it's really important that we have some success in Europe.

"We've struggled over the years but it's important to mix it with the Dutch and Germans and get among the medals."

Walsh, who has captained England and Great Britain, said the success of Reading's women has not been inevitable, despite several international players joining the club.

"The potential was there," she said. "We had six or seven internationals come into the team, but, as you've seen in football, bringing in good players doesn't mean that you're going to win things straight away.

"It takes time for the team to gel and the coaching staff have done really well to get the team gelling quickly and firing on all cylinders.

"The momentum built from when the internationals came back from their break from the Commonwealth Games. We were lying seventh in the table and it looked like it would be a struggle to make the play-offs but we went on a 13-game winning run.

It's never easy when you have as many internationals as we have to get the balance and mix right - it's definitely been a squad effort

Kate Walsh

"After a few wins the positivity and confidence in the team just kept growing and growing, which kept taking us to the next stage and that held us in good stead for the final."

And Walsh added that the squad's success is not just due to international stars, such as top-scorer Alex Danson.

"Alex is on the end of most of the goal-scoring chances and gets most of the headlines, but all the girls who've been training on a Tuesday and Wednesday night have put in the work.

"It's never easy when you do have as many internationals as we have to get the balance and mix right. But the non-international girls at Reading have worked so hard on their fitness and their skills. It's definitely been a squad effort."



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