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Jeon relishing new challenge

One of City Women’s newest recruits, Jeon Ga-Eul is excited to take to get to work with her new teammates and experience her first taste of women’s football in England.

Jeon arrived late on Saturday evening, so the midfielder was out of contention for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, but City fans could see South Korean international in action this weekend against Durham in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

“It’s always been an ambition of mine to play in England, and I’m very happy to have this opportunity, said Jeon.

“I’d actually got an offer to join Bristol in 2015, but my team in Korea at that time wouldn’t let me go. So it was a nice surprise to find Bristol were still interested in me, I thought maybe they had forgotten about me.

"I was aware other teams were interested in signing me, but Bristol felt like the right choice for me. Not just because of their past interest but because of the way they made it clear they really wanted me. There was no reason not to go.

“I wasn't concerned by their league position when I agreed to sign, because I know Bristol has a very young squad and there have been some issues with injuries.”

The 31-year-old is looking forward to the challenges that will come with playing in the Barclays FAWSL and working closely with her new manager, Tanya Oxtoby.

“As a football player I have always looked to challenge myself and Bristol City offers me that challenge. I know they are ambitious for the future and I really want to help them win matches and become a stronger team in the Barclays FAWSL.

“I’m excited to work with the Tanya. I’ve played in Australia for Melbourne Victory and I really enjoyed my time working with the Aussies, so it will be great to be working with one again. I think I have a good understanding with them and we will work well together.

“This is my first time joining a new league in the middle of the season. Sure, I’m nervous but also excited as I can’t wait to play for Bristol City.

The South Korean international is the fourth player from her nation to play in the Barclays FAWSL and she spoke of the pride she has for her fellow internationals and their success on English shores.

“The Barclays FAWSL has become very familiar to Korean players, currently it is the overseas league where most Korean players have joined. Ji So-yun of the Chelsea, Cho So-hyun of the West Ham, and Lee Geum-min of the Manchester City. I think they are doing well here and I’m proud of them.”

Bristol City Women take on Durham Women at home in the Fourth Round of the Women's FA Cup on Sunday, January 26th (1pm)_