ladies: Studholme feels at home on Wearside

New recruit Beau Studholme has settled in fast after joining the Black Cats at the beginning of pre-season and holds high hopes for the year ahead.

The versatile 18-year-old has already had a taste of match action in the red & white, but settled quickly during pre-season training with Melanie Reay’s side.

“I’m absolutely over the moon to have signed for Sunderland, it’s been amazing here so far, ever since the first session with the team it felt like home,” Studholme told safc.com.

“I’ve loved every minute with the girls so far, they have all been so friendly and welcoming. Mel is very clear about what she wants from us all and I think that’s important for a team to drive forward and succeed.”

Studholme also got on the scoresheet during the club’s return to action against Norton & Stockton Ancients last month, an added bonus for the Cumbria-born player.

She continued: “It was great to get minutes after being off for so long and to score on my debut was the cherry on top, thanks to a great cross from Maria [Farrugia].”

The England youth international is aiming high for the new campaign as the club continue to push for promotion, with Studholme eyeing up a national team return.

“As a team our aim is obviously to get promotion into the Championship carrying on from the unbeaten run Sunderland had last season," she added.

“Personally, lockdown has provided me with time to work on myself. I’ve become a stronger and better player all round, no negativity, I’m feeling sharper and fitter than ever.

“I want to learn as much as I can from Mel and the coaches, working hard to be the best I can be and hopefully be a crucial part to gaining Sunderland success. I believe working under Mel will give me the tools I need to get back playing internationally.”

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