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Weir up for Arsenal challenge

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Scotland international Caroline Weir admits she finds her new surrounding overwhelming after joining Arsenal Ladies recently, writes Richard Payne.


The youngster, along with former Glasgow City star Emma Mitchell, put pen to paper after agreeing to become Shelley Kerr's first signings for the Gunners.


Midfield maestro Weir has been outstanding this term for Hibernian and her form was rewarded with a call up into the 'A' squad for friendlies against Iceland and Germany.


Caroline, 18, admits the prospect of lining up against some of the biggest names in women's football is daunting, however she is looking forward to the challenge of forcing her way into Kerr's first team plans.


She said: "I'm really excited about moving to such a big, successful club and I cannot wait to get started.

"I'm here to play first team football but I'm realistic enough to know that it won't happen straight away.


"Arsenal are undoubtedly amongst the biggest clubs in the women's game and getting to play alongside so many talented players every day was the biggest reason for coming here.


"However, I'm trying not to think too much about them though as it can be a bit overwhelming when you see how well known and successful they have been.


"The Women's Super League is such an exciting competition and playing against so many great players can only help my development.


"The club have been great helping me settle in and it certainly helps that I know a few of the Scottish girls."


Weir becomes the fourth former Hibernian player to have joined the Gunners in the last seven years following in the footsteps of Kim Little, Natalie Ross and Suzanne Grant.


With boss Kerr also a former Hibs player, it is a well-worn path Caroline is travelling. 


Given the similarities in background, position and age at the time of their moves, there will be likely comparisons with Scottish football's most famous lady - Kim Little - however Weir is aware it would be a tall order to replicate her success.


She said: "It would take a lot to repeat Kim's success because she is the best player to ever come out of Scotland.


"She's a great role model and has worked very hard to be so successful.


"I'm looking forward to playing for Shelley because she is a great coach and I've played under her before with Scotland U19's.


"She is very encouraging; always looks for positives and most importantly her teams want to play for her which was another reason for my move."


After eight years with Hibs Caroline was understandably emotional leaving the field following her final performance

Whilst her father, Lindsay, is the club chairman, Weir admits he was fully supportive of her decision to join the Gunners and she offered her sincere thanks to those that have helped her long the way.


She commented: "I'd been at Hibs since I was 10, so it was very emotional day when I played my last game for the club.


"I have so many close friends at Hibs and loved my time playing there.


"Dad being at the club didn't have any influence on my decision because he has always been hugely supportive throughout my career.


"I would like to put on record my heartfelt thanks to the coaches who put in so much of their own time and all the volunteers that put in so much work behind the scenes that we don't see."

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