Though Liverpool have had a less stellar season than they might have expected, midfielder Caroline Weir can be incredibly proud of her 2016.
She’s been in fine goalscoring form (“I don’t really like talking about my goals!” she’s quick to say, sounding embarrassed about hitting a goal every three games) and has been part of the Scotland squad that secured their place at next summer’s European Championships – their first time at a major tournament.
“This was a huge goal for all the Scottish players at the start of the year – and a huge achievement,” she said.
“Those who have been in the squad for many years, they’ve been through some tough campaigns and gone really close.
“It’s an honour to be part of this – there are really exciting times ahead next year.”
Even Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has publicly congratulated the squad – most recently pointing out on social media that even though the men might have not been particularly successful in recent years, the women are setting new standards.
“That was pretty cool!” admitted Weir.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 11, 2016
The Scotland squad are thrilled to qualify – but they are already looking forward to next summer.
“The hard work starts all over again,” added Weir.
“We’re excited to see who we get in the draw – preparations are already in place for next year.
“Everyone is determined not just to turn up – but to get some results.”
*Carrie Dunn is SHOOT’s Women’s Football correspondent. Her book ‘The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England’ is out now – available in all good bookshops.*