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Aimee Palmer on settling into life at the Blades

26 November 2019

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Midfielder Aimee Palmer admits she was nervous when she joined the Blades on loan from Manchester United in August, but soon settled in and credits her team mates for making her feel at home in Sheffield.

The 19-year-old followed in the footsteps of current defender Naomi Hartley as well as Fran Bentley and Ebony Salmon who all came to the club from Casey Stoney's side on loan deals last season and Palmer has wasted no time in making herself a regular in the starting eleven.

"The girls have made it so easy," she said. "Everyone's so nice, really encouraging and both Carla and Tom have been really encouraging which has helped me to get the goals and assists I have."

Palmer has five goals so far this season, two of which came on her debut at home to Leicester City, while also registering four assists in the short time she's been at the club.

"I think I needed that [debut vs Leicester] to show myself I was in the right place this season. It's been good to get on the pitch and play football and I think that gave me a lot of belief moving forward."

Palmer was part of the Man United side which won the FA Women's Championship last season before joining the Blades on loan in August, and while she had a familiar face in former team mate Hartley at the club, the midfielder knew she was joining the right club for her.

"I think going out on loan was something I needed and I don't think I would have wanted to go anywhere else but here. Sheffield United play similar football to Man United, they get the ball down, they play football and it's the ethics of any good footballing club.

"Having Naomi here helped me integrate, plus seeing how well Ebony and Fran did and how well they spoke of the club when they came back to Man United."

Palmer has instantly struck up a good partnership with current midfielders Sam Tierney and Maddy Cusack too, with all of them contributing goals and assists so far this season.

"I'd played with Sam a little bit with England but never with Maddy, so I had to work it out for a few games. Maddy loves getting on the ball and driving forward. Myself and Sam like to get on the ball a bit deeper but I think it's key we all complement each other really well."

Palmer found the net against Durham with a spectacular free-kick last Thursday night before following that up with an even better goal 10 minutes from time against the same opponent on Sunday.

In what had been a close match to that point, Palmer's strike settled the game in United's favour and earned them another huge three points in the race for promotion, and left Palmer delighted with how a tough week on paper had turned out for the team.

"The performance from the girls on Sunday was massive. We all knew that this game was a vital one in terms of the league and we were all wanting to start on good terms with our new home. It wasn't a pretty game but we dug deep and at the end we managed to secure the three points and also managed to get our second clean sheet!

"It's been a tough week but we got three wins out of three, so it's now time to turn our focus onto the upcoming fixtures because they're all as important. Obviously I was buzzing to score the goal but I think you could just tell how much it meant to all of us. We all work so hard for each other because we're such a together team and I think that showed on Sunday."


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