Interview: Sheffield United’s Jade Pennock21 Nov, 2020
Sheffield United currently occupy third spot in the FA Women’s Championship after a run of two defeats and one win have seen them slip from top spot. I recently caught up with forward Jade Pennock and we discussed her time over in America, the belief within the Sheffield team for this season and some of the best moments in her career.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up and live in Pontefract, I’m a massive Leeds United fan so happy they are back playing in the Premier League! I am currently playing for Sheffield United.
What was it that got you into football?
When I was younger my grandad used to kick the ball around with me in the garden and I loved it and from the on I never stopped.
Who was your footballing insertion growing up?
I just really enjoyed watching football in general, both men’s and women’s. If I had to pick a player I looked up to it would be Kelly Smith, she was a stand out player both in the UK and US.
What was it like studying and playing over in America?
I spent 6 years in America, played for 4 years and coached for 2 years and I enjoyed every minute of it. I got to play football at a really high standard and got a degree and masters whilst making some memories that I’ll remember for the rest of my life!
What was the hardest thing about moving to America?
It’s a massive step moving to another country at 17 and I am really close to my family so I worried I would be homesick, but my teammates and their families made that transition so easy for me!
What’s been the proudest moment in your career so far?
I am lucky enough to have some great moments in my playing career so far but I think my proudest moment would be my senior night in America. My parents and sister came to visit and walked me out after the game to celebrate my last game and graduating!
Who’s the toughest player you’ve ever played against?
I played against some great players over the years but I’d say as a whole every time we have played Man City their whole team has been quality!
What has been the hardest thing you have had to deal with in your career and how did you get past it?
I have been unlucky with injuries and have suffered a couple of season ending ones, it’s always hard to come back from injuries, it was just about staying positive and working on coming back stronger.
Sheffield had quite a few players join the club this season, how have the team gelled?
We have had lots of new signings this season who have all settled in really well and have been great additions to the team! We are closer this season than we ever have been!
What is the belief within the squad about winning the Championship and what you can achieve this season?
We came so close last season that our focus this season is promotion and it is something we believe we can achieve!
You also played at Doncaster Belles, how was that experience?
I joined Doncaster Belles just as I came back to England from my time in America. I learnt so much in my time there and got to play alongside some amazing players!
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I think the highlight of my playing career so far would be making the all American team in my final year in America! It was something I worked so hard to achieve and was so proud when I did so!