Villa Ladies preview: Keeper Walsh on a football high
Megan Walsh admits football life is on the up after a fantastic few weeks.
Goalkeeper Walsh endured a nightmare five months on the sidelines, nursing a problematic ankle injury.
But she returned to the side for the League Cup semi-final win over Portsmouth Ladies and then played again in the National League victory over the same side.
Walsh says it's brilliant to be back in action for the claret and blues as she looks forward to a final clash in May and targets a solid end to the league campaign, starting with Leeds on Sunday.
She said: "It's been absolutely gutting to be out. It was so frustrating to sit and watch the team play week-in and week-out and not be involved.
"There's nothing worse than being mentally ready to be play but physically not. The team have done superbly over the last few months and I've wanted to play desperately.
"But you have to take on board the medical advice and wait your turn. I've got to give masses of credit to Natalie Courtney, who has been between the sticks in my absence.
"She's done great. I have been really impressed. She's not a goalkeeper by trade but it just goes to show how versatile she is - and how committed she is to the cause to put herself on the line for the side.
"From a personal perspective, I am thrilled to be back now. I want to end the season in style. I need to do my job to the best of my ability and hopefully that helps the team emerge victorious in the cup and finish the season well in the league too."
There has been more good news this week, with The FA revealing that Villa have been accepted into the Women's Premier League for 2014 - a huge step-up for the team.
Walsh admits the whole camp is buzzing at the news.
She added: "It's incredible. Everyone in the team is over-the-moon.
"Just look at all the comments from the girls on Twitter. We're all made up.
"It's great for us as players but also for the club as a whole. It's a big club, a huge club and it's great that, within the ladies game, it's moving onwards and upwards.
"Big credit has to go to those behind-the-scenes too, the likes of Joe and Martin who have made it possible via the bid they put together.
"Here's to big, exciting times for the future."
Villa take on Leeds on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
Get along to Boldmere St Michael's Ground [Sat Nav: B73 5RY] to support Villa Ladies. Admission is £2.