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Slow start after NZ gun’s arrival as footy came to standstill

NATIONAL Premier League NSW Women’s outfit Bankstown City FC definitely has a winner on their hands after signing NZ ‘Ferns’ International Aimee Phillips who says she has been training even harder on her own during lockdown.

“I’m excited to get back to training, I have missed the girls so much and having a laugh,” she said.
The Runanga born star, 29, carries a wealth of experience after tasting football success in Wales, Serbia and Germany where she also played UEFA Champions League football.
Apart from her senior NPL playing duties, Aimee is set to kick start her coaching career in the Women’s program with the U15’s Bankstown Lions FC and will get her first taste of a season, from a coaching perspective, when junior football starts on July 1.
“I think the girls appreciate the time I have been putting in; the bigger picture is about developing them so they can be in the position where the seniors are now,” she said.
Workwise, Aimee runs a private English tuition business – after completing post-graduate studies in English as a Second Language and Teaching & Learning in New Zealand.
She was able to continue this work when football first came to a standstill.
However, the self-isolation procedures have proved tough obstacles for the gun star to gain access to more work.
“Work has become unstable but learning to deal with challenges is normal for me,” she said.
“It hasn’t been the best of starts but we are all in this together and it won’t be long before we are back playing the game we love.”

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