Ladies striker now focused on WSL campaign.
Sunderland Ladies striker Beth Mead says she was delighted to have been recognised at the FA Women’s Premier League awards ceremony last week.
Mead notched 30 league goals last season and won the division's top scorer award at the event held in London.
We are so excited about the new challenge that the Women’s Super League brings and we’re all stepping up our preparations so that we’re raring to go
- Beth Mead
And the Whitby-based forward has now set her sights on impressing in the Women’s Super League when the Lady Black Cats begin their campaign in April.
“I'm over the moon; it's great for people to recognise the hard work that I have put in over the season,” Mead said.
“My Sunderland team-mates have also been excellent and they deserve plenty of recognition for their efforts.
“We are so excited about the new challenge that the Women’s Super League brings and we’re all stepping up our preparations so that we’re raring to go.”
Mead has also won international recognition with the England U19 squad, racking up 12 caps to date.
And she is hoping the step up to the WSL this season will provide her with the platform to eventually be capped at senior level.
Beth in profile
- Joined from Middlesbrough in 2011
- Scored 23 league goals in debut season
- Reached 30 goals last season in 28 games
- Made England U19 debut v Sweden in July 2012
“I want to make my name in the game,” she added. “It would be nice for people to know who I am so I’ll definitely be trying to impress.
“Obviously I want to play for England seniors at some point in my career and playing at the top level can only help me achieve my ambition.”
Beth’s Sunderland boss, Mick Mulhern, was voted Manager of the Year at the awards ceremony and Mead says women’s football’s longest-serving coach was fully deserving of the award.
“Mick is the best manager I have played under,” Mead continued. “He has so much to give to the women’s game and he always has the time to help every single one of us.
“He believed in me at a young age and made me the player that I am today.
“He loves the club and his job and that's why he's so good at what he does; I'm glad he's been recognised for his work and he is definitely the best man for the award.”