Lauren Hemp of Manchester City Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women, WSL football match, Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kingston upon Thames, UK - 08 Dec 2019 Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA

‘I want to keep pushing each week to be a better version of myself’ – Lauren Hemp

The year 2019 has been one to remember for Manchester City forward Lauren Hemp.

Having broken into the first team at The Academy Stadium following her move from Bristol City and becoming an integral part of Nick Cushing’s side, she has plenty of highlights to look back on from the past 12 months.

There are some standout moments that stick out in Hemp’s mind. The player has been speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time Magazine about her favourite moments of the year.

“The FA Cup win that we had towards the end of last season and scoring a goal at Wembley, that was a big thing for me” said Hemp.

“Also internationally coming on at Wembley and making my debut for England (against Portugal) was one of the main ones for me.”

Scoring in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley and playing for the Lionesses at the national stadium are things any aspiring footballer dreams of. Hemp has achieved both of those before turning 20. Therefore, one can only imagine what could be achieved by this prodigious, young footballer. So, what are her personal targets going into the new year?

“Just keep performing” she states succinctly. “I want to keep pushing each week to be a better version of myself.

“Keep creating chances and scoring goals and hopefully help the team as much as I can to win trophies.”

Hemp was certainly going about it the right way when she scored City’s third goal in their 3-0 win over West Ham United in last season’s Women’s FA Cup final. It was performances like that one which caught the eye of Lionesses manager Phil Neville and you’d imagine becoming a regular in the international squad is high on her agenda.

She added “I’ve had a few call ups already. I had one at the start of the season just training with them and got my first proper call up a few months ago.

“It’s really exciting. I’m hoping to push that on next year, get more of them and make it a consistent run, get minutes and take the opportunity when I’m given it.”

England have been crying out for a left footed winger for some time now after Chi Ubogagu was unable to stake her claim for the role and Manchester United’s Leah Galton stepped back from international duty for the time being. Consequently, the opportunity is very much there for the taking as far as Hemp is concerned. With brief but impressive cameos against Portugal and Germany and following her Player of the Match performance in City’s 5-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, she has certainly done her chances no harm.

“I was really proud of the performance especially with the whole group,” Hemp said on her side’s victory.

“We pushed for the result off the back of the defeat (against Chelsea) last week and that was proved through the goals and the performance.”

Hemp has definitely impressed so far this season, having been crucial in maintaining her side’s title challenge. Plus having recently signed a new contract with Manchester City, she certainly seems happy with the Cityzens going into 2020.

The forward added “It’s definitely the place to be.

“I’m still developing, still improving and I think being here is what’s going to get the best out of me.”

The future is looking very bright for the Norfolk-born player and if she continues progressing in the way that she has done during her short career, then the sky is the limit.

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