Jets recruit Lucy Johnson puts life on hold to chase childhood dream

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Young midfielder Lucy Johnson is choosing to follow her passion for football by signing with the Jets, despite having a criminology degree under her belt.

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Having played the game from a young age, it has always been a dream of Johnson’s to play in the A-League Women.

“I’ve been playing football since I was about six years old,” she said.

“I’ve played pretty much every sport and always been pretty active, but I just loved everything about football.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to make it to the league. Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be one of those top players and make a life out of it.”

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This season will be the first time the 22-year-old has been part of a professional set-up and it’s an opportunity that Johnson has been working towards for quite some time.

“I’ve put a lot of work into getting to this level,” she said. “It’s been hard to get noticed but I’m always pushing and training hard and playing hard.

“It’s been tough, but I’m stoked to finally get noticed and get the opportunity to play.”

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Having been born in Sydney and moving to Tasmania at the young age of 10, Johnson is just the third Tasmanian footballer to join a team in the A-League Women.

Johnson says she is incredibly grateful to get the opportunity to prove to young girls that anyone can make it in the league.

“I think it’s a good thing for Tassie girls and young girls to look up to and hopefully they can see that is it achievable,” she said.

“It’s obviously hard to get noticed in Tassie but if you’ve got the drive then you can do it for sure.”

With a criminology degree under her belt, Johnson has always been prepared for a life that didn’t include a spot in the league. Now that she’s got the call up however, that life has been put on hold.

“I would definitely still like to pursue a career using my degree,” she said. “I don’t really know what I want to do with it but I’m sure that will come in time.

“Right now, I’m focusing on football. I really want to grow as a footballer because I think I still have a lot of potential, so I’m really focused on that right now. Hopefully one day I’ll do something with my degree.”

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Having put all her focus on improving her skill and working hard for a starting spot, Johnson says leaving her family behind in Tasmania has been one of the hardest parts of chasing her dream.

“It’s definitely hard,” she said. “I’m very close to my family and they’ve done a lot for me, and I love them a lot.

“They come and see me whenever they can and they’re very supportive, but it is hard.”

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With her eyes set firmly on playing hard and securing a starting spot in the line-up, Johnson is ready to go and can’t wait to make her league debut.

“I’d obviously love to make the starting line-up pretty consistently,” she said. “I also want to play hard and provide that attacking force, score some goals and set up some goals.

“It’s been really good playing with the team so far and I can’t wait to keep learning from them all.”

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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