Emma Follis says it would be a “dream” to achieve promotion with Aston Villa Women after rejoining her childhood club.
In the four years she’s been away, the midfielder made a name for herself in the Women’s Super League with her exploits for Reading and Birmingham City.
Follis, who joined Villa’s Regional Talent Club at the age of nine, is walking back into a very different set-up than the one she left as a 23-year-old in 2015.
“I’ve only been back a few days but already it feels so much more professional,” she said.
“The opportunities seem far better than they were before and that all comes from the backing of the owners and Christian Purslow, and I think that’s the way it should be.”
A lifelong Villa fan, Follis is desperate for the Women to follow in the footsteps of Dean Smith and the men’s team in reaching the top tier of English football.
She said: “I’ve worn a lot of different Villa shirts through the years but I’m most excited to wear this one.
“It’s a great club, it’s got great history and the men are doing really well and we want to mirror that and do just as well.”
And if Gemma Davies’ team do go on to be promoted from the FA Women’s Championship this season, it would mean as much to Follis as anyone.
She said: “It would be a dream. I never wanted to leave in the first place, but other opportunities presented themselves when I was younger.
“To be back and to hopefully be successful with this club, it means everything to me.”
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