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Emily relishing new challenge
 Women's Football News 17 Jun 2014
Emily relishing new challenge - 17 Jun 2014 - Women's Football NewsEmily Scott has admitted that it was a difficult decision to leave Middlesbrough as she takes up a new challenge to join Durham Women and play in WSL2. 
The midfielder will be hoping to help her new club pull away from the lower reaches of the table but will be leaving 'Boro with a heavy heart. "It really was a difficult decision in the end," she said. "I have loved my time at Middlesbrough and I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone there, the players, the coaches, the managers, and all the ladies and gentlemen in the background. They have all been fantastic over the past two seasons.
"It is the right time for me to step up and challenge myself at this level. I needed a challenge, I needed to test myself at the highest possible level that I could, and the opportunity at Durham was too good to turn down. It's a club on the up with a fantastic set up and a great squad of players which I want to be a part of."
Looking back at the season just finished, Emily insists that Middlesbrough could perhaps have done better than their sixth place finish in the Northern Combination. "I think if we are all being honest we had a disappointing year as a team," she said. "With the players we had, we should have challenged much higher in the league competition, but we had a lot of new players which made it difficult particularly at the beginning of the season.
"Personally, I am happy with my game at the minute. I consistently chipped in with goals from midfield as well as providing that creativity in the middle of the park, but I know I can offer much more and I hope making the step up the WSL2 and playing for Durham will allow me to show that."
Who did Emily enjoy playing with at MFC Ladies? "It is such a difficult question as there are so many players i could pick out, but for me it is the spine of the team. Clare Helm in defence, Sarah Manning in midfield, and striker Nicky Duckling. They all have fantastic football ability, but what stands out for me is their banter, passion, and competitive spirit and I have had a fantastic time playing alongside them."
Now Emily is setting her sights on Super League football and is looking forward to making an impact at Durham and the chance to play at WSL level. "It's excellent, I cannot even explain how excited I am to have this opportunity," she enthused. "I have played women's football for a while now and to see where it has come in a short space of time is just mad, and I am just grateful to Durham WFC and the staff for having the faith in my ability which will allow me to experience it!
"Can I just add the support and good wishes I have had from everyone at Middlesborough has just been fantastic, and I just want to wish Lyns and the rest of the coaching staff and players all the luck in the world for next season. I am sure I will be back at Thornaby watching a game."

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