Interview: Swansea City’s Katy Hosford

Swansea City star Katy Hosford has had the best goalscoring season of her Swansea City career to date as she helped the Swans go on and win the Welsh Premier Women’s League for a fourth time.

Hosford raked up 20 goals in 2019/20 and speaking about her emotions on becoming champions she said “To be crowned Welsh champions feels really good”.

“We have all worked really hard this season, from backroom staff to the players, we knew what was expected of us and thankfully we got our reward”.

Swansea’s most recent Champions League involvement was in 2017, when they were heavily beaten in qualifying games against Hibernian, Romania’s Olimpia Cluj-Napoca and WFC-2 Kharkiv of Ukraine.

Talking about what qualifying for Europe means to her the winger responded “Winning the league is a massive element in my career. This is something all players want to achieve and then go and compete in the champions league! I’m extremely grateful to be able to do this again with Swansea”.

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Swansea sat four points clear of nearest challengers Cardiff Met when the season was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Asked if she had a particular highlight of the season Hosford explained “My favourite moment of the season would probably be beating Cardiff Met on the first day of the season. We knew this was going to be a massive game, and to come away with three points at their ground was a great start to the season”.

With it being the Swans fourth title since the league was established in 2009 its even more impressive that they went the season unbeaten.

Hosford was asked, was the title win the highlight of her career to date and the 22 year old said in a positive fashion “I think this year was probably one of the best seasons that I have had personally in terms of goals and assists but every player has had a massive part to play and we all wanted to win it for each other”.

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Despite being crowned champions for the season she already has her eyes set on the next campaign as she explained “Our goals are always the same at the beginning of the new season. To improve, get fitter, compete and hopefully win the treble. We know the standard and what is expected of us, so we work hard and just take each game as it comes”.

Hosford is only young herself but is one of the top talents in the Welsh game, asked what advice she’d offer to players who want to replicate her she said “The advice I would give to any upcoming players is to believe in themselves, not to give up when it gets tough or if you don’t get picked. Use that as your motivation to get better. Work hard in training and don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone”.