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Veatriki Sarri on her journey to the Blades first team

4 October 2019

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From the shores of the Greek island of Crete, Veatriki Sarri is making a name for herself in the FA Women's Championship after being nominated for the league's player of the month in August after two super performances against Aston Villa and Leicester City.

The 21-year-old joined the Blades as a development player last year but soon earned herself a spot in the first team, scoring her first league goal against London Bees in April and following that up with a goal and an assist against Leicester last month.

Having lived and played in England for three years since leaving home behind, Sarri is now settling into life in Sheffield.

"I've played football all my life really. I joined a boys' team when I was six or seven until I was about 12, then I joined a women's team and then I came to England when I was 18 to study and play football."

Sarri enrolled at Leeds Beckett University where she graduated this summer and started playing for Leeds United Ladies before moving onto AFC Fylde in 2017.

But an ACL injury, her second of her career, ruled her out for the whole season before joining the Blades, and it was a long road back for the winger.

"The rehab process is just so draining. Mentally it's really tough, I'm not going to lie, but I took my time, got back fit and I'm feeling much better now in every aspect of my game. I'm still developing and I'm excited about that."

Sarri has been a football fan all her life and is thriving on now being a first team player under Carla Ward at Olympic Legacy Park.

Her recent nomination was testament to her hard work but for Sarri, she's simply playing a game she's passionate about.

"It was just something I just loved doing. There wasn't really a specific moment that got me interested, it sort of just happened naturally. I just remember myself playing with my brother in the village, at the park, anywhere really."

Sarri played for a local club in Greece for three seasons before moving to England and she has noticed a big difference in the different between the two countries since moving abroad to follow her dreams.

"The main difference is the physicality and the speed. In Greece, it was technical but slower, but here everyone loves it and it's great to play football here.

"You don't really get the massive green spaces in Greece, but here it rains a lot so you do! The facilities are obviously better here too but in Greece you can still become a very good player."

The 21-year-old has now been called up to Greece's latest squad as they open up their Euro 2021 qualification campaign against former European champions Germany at home on Tuesday.


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