Chelsea forward Fran Kirby voted FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year

Chelsea and England forward Fran Kirby has been voted the Footballer Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year. Kirby has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season for the FA Women’s Super League winners, who have reached the Women’s Champions League final, where they will play Barcelona in Gothenburg on May 16.

Video Transcript

- When I first started off this year, I didn't have any expectations to win awards, like these. So yeah, it's really special, and it's something that I'm really, really proud of.

- Come on. Let's have a look at it. Let's see it in all its glory.

- You never get to win these awards without the players that you play with and the staff that you work with. And for me, this year, I've just seen a real different mindset from everyone, myself included, you know, from three years ago. It's a really confident group, and I think, for me, I think that has been the biggest difference is the drive from every player. Not just moments here and there.

It has just been consistent all the way through. It was difficult to have to start from scratch. I had no fitness level. I had no how to kick the football in six months, so I think, for me, that was the hardest part was trying to build my level back up, again, to come back in and not be the one who, like I said, is getting carried or can't perform at the level that everyone else is going to.

For me, now, it's just to go on and win them team trophies. Those are the things now. It's just tunnel vision.

I love this sport. I love the game, and I want to show that when I play. I want to run with a smile on my face. I want to do well for everyone, and yeah, I think that's been the biggest thing that I've been proud of this year is how much I've just enjoyed playing football again.