Shelina Zadorsky of Tottenham Hotspur Women Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 18 Oct 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Tottenham Hotspur defender Zadorsky planning extended stay in the FAWSL

Tottenham Hotspur defender Shelina Zadorsky has indicated that she plans to remain in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League beyond the summer.

The 28-year-old centre-back joined the North Londoners on a loan deal from National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club Orlando Pride in August and she has recently made that arrangement permanent until the end of the current season.

Zadorsky has featured in 11 of Spurs’ 12 Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures so far this season and the player has admitted that she is enjoying her new league so much that she is planning a prolonged spell in England.

“I am so excited to be playing for Spurs until the end of this season” said Zadorsky when speaking in a Canada Soccer press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “Realistically, I can see myself in England for quite some time.

“I’ve obviously played in the NWSL for five or six years and really enjoyed my time but as soon as COVID happened and I looked at other opportunities, it just felt like the right time in my career to test myself in what is such a great league.

“I was so pumped for the opportunity to play for Spurs and I have really grown with the group there, trying to lead the backline.

“Working with our new coach Rehanne Skinner has been really enjoyable.

“The professionalism in and amongst our club is awesome and I am really looking forward to continuing to build Spurs and getting us into that top half of the table. I am excited for what is to come playing in the WSL.”

Playing in England could also be of real benefit to Zadorsky’s national team involvement. New Canadian head coach Bev Priestman knows the Barclays FA Women’s Super League very well and has been able to monitor the progress of Canada’s English-based stars first hand, recently watching Zadorsky play live against champions Chelsea. The defender is already benefiting from Priestman’s knowledge with the Consett-born coach giving her plenty of domestic hints and tips in addition to national team coaching.

“Bev obviously knows so much about the WSL and the players and teams there” said Zadorsky. “Now we have a handful of players in England, she has been committed to watching our games and even giving me pointers in games and what I can work on.

“It is great to have that connection when we are not in camp together.

“I am really loving having that connection with Bev being able to see those games.”

Canada and Zadorsky return to SheBelieves Cup action on Sunday when they face Argentina at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

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