FOOTBALLER Emma Mitchell has completed a stunning rise through the game by signing a professional contract with German side SGS Essen.
The women’s game in Germany is flourishing and the club was desperate to add Emma, of Buckhaven, who impressed while on-trial at the start of the year.
The move represents a big challenge for Emma, who was snapped up from all conquering Scottish women’s side Glasgow City, and who turned down similar offers from three Scandinavian teams.
Speaking to the Mail from Germany, where the club is half-way through its season, Emma said: “I was excited, anxious, and a bit scared about the move when I realised I was moving abroad to a different country where I don’t speak the language.
“I knew it would be difficult to leave my family and friends, but this is what I have always wanted to do my whole life, and when the opportunity came chapping I knew I had to take it.”
SGS Essen play in the country’s top league, the Frauen Bundesliga, at the 20,000 capacity Stadion Essen.
The side is sitting mid-table and Emma can’t wait to get started.
She said: “All the girls are a talented bunch and have a great attitude to training.
“Of course I am happy to sign for SGS Essen, but I would have been happy to sign for any team in this league.
“It was the competitiveness of the league that attracted me here, every game is hard and that is something I didn’t get back home, so I look forward to a tough game every week.”
Emma has started to prepare herself for her new life in a new country by taking German lessons, but added that it’s not just her who is over the moon with the move.
“My family is extremely proud - and I think they’re excited about getting cheap holidays to Germany,” she joked.
“Hopefully this move will help me get a more regular starting place in the national team.
“I can only continue to work hard and do well in training when the national team meets up then it is out of my control.”