Jess Fishlock explains how Reading loan move extended his career
Wales Record Cap Holder Jess fishlock has revealed she believes her loan spell at Reading this season extended her playing career.
Fishlock spoke about how being at home in Wales, close to family and friends, has re-energized her 15-year career.
“This decision was to come home, it was by far the best decision I made,” she said.
She joined Reading on loan from OL Reign this summer, returning to the WSL for the first time since 2012.
“I don’t feel like I’m 34, I feel like I’m young and active to want to continue my career for a few more years,” Fishlock explained.
“Before, I used to say to myself, ‘I’m pretty much done’, now I’m the complete opposite.
“I have a new life; I feel like a child and want to enjoy every second.
“It will absolutely prolong my career what it looks like, I don’t know, but if I stray from how I feel now I don’t want to waste time on the time I have left because I feel great. .
Her loan transfer to Reading has kept the midfielder close to home for the longest time in years.
Since leaving Bristol in 2012, Fishlock has played for some of the best soccer teams in the world, playing in the United States, Australia, France, Germany and Scotland.
“It’s 100% being at home, being with my family and friends, being with my sisters’ little babies has just changed my whole life.
“I haven’t been around for so long, for so long I forgot what it was like to be with my family.
“My career was so regulated that I forgot what it was like to be with them. It changed everything.
The five-time Welsh Footballer of the Year enjoyed a successful loan spell at Reading, scoring twice and providing three assists while being nominated for WSL Player of the Month in December.
Following Wales’ upcoming friendlies against Canada and Denmark in Cardiff, Fishlock will return to the United States.
His loan to Reading ended which means she will reconnect with OL Reign ahead of the 2021 NWSL season.
“I loved every second of being home in Wales,” said Fishlock. “It’s normal that I’m going to a Welsh camp, I think it’s perfect.
“I can’t wait to work with these girls this week before heading back to my girlfriends in Seattle. I have nothing but things to hope for.
OL midfielder Reign explained that she was eager to get back to normal life in Seattle after coming home.
“The culture and the way of life are very different there, which I look forward to.
“I’m really excited to come back to Reign, the squad looks great, the squad looks so talented.
“I’ve been a part of the reign for almost a decade so I can’t wait to get back into that vibe. “