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Hannah Coan speaks

12 September 2020

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Latest Sheffield United Women signing Hannah Coan is looking forward to getting a taste for first-team football after arriving on loan from Everton.

The 19-year-old defender made her Everton debut in last season's Continental Cup and brings plenty of talent to the Blades as the club's final signing of the summer transfer window.

"I'm really happy. It will be good for me to get some experience," said Coan. "The team did so well last season and they're looking good again this season, we want to push on from that this year. The team has started this season really well with the win at the weekend, so it was good to see that.

"I can't wait to get back on the pitch again, it's been so long. Hopefully we can win as many as games as possible this season."

Coan made her Toffees debut in a cup tie against Leicester City, who she could make her Blades debut against this weekend, and impressed with her composure on the ball playing out from the back.

With only a handful of senior appearances behind her, Coan is looking forward to the opportunity to grow as much a player and a person in her aims to develop on the pitch.

"The game time and experience will be really good for me. I just want to keep improving and I hope the game time will help with that."

Coan joined the team for training earlier this week as Neil Redfearn looks to build on last weekend's impressive 4-1 win at London City Lionesses.

United host a revitalised Leicester City at the Technique Stadium this Sunday and Coan has already settled into life as a Blade.

"The girls have all been really welcoming, talking to me and helping me out. All the staff have been really welcoming too. Coming into a new environment can be nerve-wracking, but everyone made it really easy for me to step into that environment this week.

"I know Becky Flaherty from Everton and Naomi Hartley from an England camp a few years ago, so at least I know a few of the girls."

The teenager is the modern day defender and will be looking to add further quality to a Blades defence which already boasts captain Leandra Little, Naomi Hartley and Ellie Wilson at the back.

"I'm a centre-back who likes to get on the ball and in possession I'm quite calm and composed. I like to play out from the back, but I think I can put in a good tackle when I need to!"

"Leicester are a good team and it will be a good challenge for us. Hopefully the team can kick off from where they finished last weekend."

With the opportunity to get a consistent taste for first team football for the Blades this season, Coan is excited about seeing where the year takes her as her loan spell gets under way this weekend.

"I just want to see it where the season takes me. I want to play as much as possible and keep improving. I'm only young so I think game time is vital for me to keep learning and improving so I'm looking forward to getting started."

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