Wonder woman Paige Williams is enjoying football back on home soil
Just a year ago, Paige Williams made a bold move and departed England to play for Italian team Brescia, with whom she won the league and her first senior title with in emphatic style, the team not losing a game after she arrived last winter. In the same season, the 21-year-old left-back also helped Brescia to secure the Coppa Italia title.
From there, wanting to learn more and develop as a player, Williams moved to Verona where she has enjoyed a prominent position in the club’s first team selection, however was involved in a disappointing exit in the last 32 of the Champions League against a little known Kazakhstan opposition.
Williams’ two years in Italian football demonstrated her great skill and solid form, having been plagued by cruciate ligament injuries before her transfer to Brescia from Everton Ladies in 2015. However earlier this year Paige Williams decided to leave her Italian success behind her and move back to home soil to pursue her dream of being a prominent member of the national squad.
Last month, the English defender signed for Birmingham City, who currently sit fourth in the FA Women’s Super League. Having previously been an FA Cup Runner Up with Everton Ladies in 2013/2014, and played for England U17, U19, U20 and U23 national teams, and now with Champions League experience under her belt, Williams is surely a step closer to securing a regular spot in the England Ladies senior team.
Although Williams had to be pulled from the England U23 La Manga Tournament squad two weeks ago due to picking up a last minute injury, the versatile defender is sure to make a comeback to the international stage in the near future. Her prominent position in Birmingham Ladies revamped squad under manager Marc Skinner is sure to aid her quest for senior international success.