From the US to Australia: How Elizabeth Eddy found herself in Newcastle

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From the Yellow Bumble Bees to the Newcastle Jets, football has always had a place in Elizabeth Eddy’s life, but her ultimate goal was always to play in Australia, and now here she is.

For the past five years, Eddy has been doing everything she can to make her way down under from the US NWSL, but it was not all smooth sailing.

Full squads, injuries, and COVID all halted her in her step to securing a loan agreement, but this season the stars aligned, and she found herself on a plane to Australia.

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“I had wanted to come to Australia for the past five or so years, but it never worked out for one reason or another,” she said.

“At the beginning of those five years, I reached out a few times, but no one had anything and then I got injured so I couldn’t play.

“Then six or seven months ago Newcastle reached out to me and said they’d love to have me.”

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Despite the dream call up, Australia was in a hard lockdown due to COVID, which threatened to derail what she had been working so hard for.

“Australia was in serious lockdown at the time,” she said.

“I just kept thinking there was no way this was going to work out.

“I wasn’t going to say no to the possibility though so after four or five months of going back and forth and getting papers and exemptions and clearances, it finally worked out and I’m here.”

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The Gotham FC loan-player brings with her a wealth of experience from the NWSL, with 45 games under her belt in the top US flight.

The former United States youth representative had a top tier college career at the Division 1 school of USC where she played 77 games, scored 16 goals, and was named the Female Trojan of the year in 2013/14.

The experience Eddy has gained started from a young age, when she played for the American Youth Soccer Association.

“My dad was the coach, and we were the Yellow Bumble Bees,” she said.

“It was very fun and very recreational.

“Then I started playing more competitively around the age of 12 and then from there the rest is kind of history.”

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When speaking of having her dad as her coach at a young age, Eddy got candid on how much he had shaped the person and player she was today.

“Having my dad as my coach was amazing,” she said.

“He played college water polo which is pretty intense work so he’s naturally a pretty strategic guy.

“I learnt a lot from him about strategy and how to play and how to win and compete. It was a really fun experience, and I would say a lot of how my dad raised me and coached me has contributed to the good things that I am as a person and a player today.”

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Given her experience and time playing football, Eddy was excited about what she brought to the Jets.

“I think I bring a good competitive mentality,” she said.

“I have a lot of experience playing internationally and I have a desire to win and grow.”

So far, Eddy has nothing but praise for her new home and was excited to see what the rest of the season brings.

“I’m really enjoying Newcastle,” she said.

“I love the location, I love the ocean, I love surfing. It’s right up my alley.”

Feature Image Credit: Ashley Feder

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Grace Clegg
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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