Davidson starting to reap the rewards of childhood hardwork

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Melbourne City’s Leah Davidson has settled in well with her first year at the powerhouse club, but you will not find her getting complacent anytime soon.

More match minutes and a permanent midfielder role have become the norm for the young star, and it’s no surprise to those that know her tenacious work ethic.

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Davidson was in the Brisbane Roar youth program since she was 12, however living on the Gold Coast made following her dream tricky.

Many would have said it was an impossible task as a child, yet Davidson and her family took up the challenge to make the hour drive to training and back five times a week.

“It was a lot of driving and some early wake ups and sacrificing a bit of school and social life, so yeah, it was hard work but definitely worth it,” Davidson said.

Five days a week, an hour each way for more than six years adds up to countless hours, but it has been worth it to put her in the spot she is in today.

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“I’m really happy that I did all of that. Looking back on it now,” she said.

“It makes it worth that getting the minutes now and sacrificing things for football is just what you have to do kind of thing to improve and be the best player you can be. I think it really comes down to sacrifice.”

It’s easy to baulk at the amount of hours Davidson has put in, but it was her dedication that has her on a path to being the best.

She has played all 11 games this year, and played the full 90 minutes in all but one, holding down an important midfield spot in a team she feels shares similar values to her.

“I think that’s what City is about and that’s what their legacy is,” Davidson said.

“It’s about working hard and working for the people around you and hopefully playing like good football.”

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While City undoubtedly had a slow start to the year, the talent is clear for all to see. As Rado Vidosic has consistently said throughout the season, they will need time to adjust and gel, meaning there is every chance they are ready to fly back up the ladder next year.

If they can pull it off, it will perfectly cap all the hard work through the first aspect of Davidson’s career.

The almost 20 year-old will soon become an on-field leader and push onwards into overseas leagues and perhaps even national representation.

And judging by her attitude, there will be no slowing down.

“I definitely think I can always improve… especially with the coaches around me, Rado is an unbelievable coach and even Alex Smith is amazing,” Davidson said.

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However, for someone so young, Davidson still has the peace of mind to be able to reflect on the hard work that got her here.

“It just makes me really proud to wear the Melbourne City symbol and I never felt like I would really get this opportunity,” she said.

Remember the name: Leah Davidson. She has done a lot of work to get here, but she is only just getting started.

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