A new month, a new player to profile!

February is upon us, in fact, it is halfway through the month. February of course means Valentine's Day, spring edging closer and the shortest month of the year. It also means, a fresh CPLFC Player interview. So far we have already gained some insight into striker Nikita Whinnett, and winger Chloe Burr. Now it is time to head to the other end of the pitch. So, as we all continue to celebrate the Ladies huge 3-2 win away to Leicester last Sunday, let us get to know another of the squad a little more personally. This month, I bring you Shanell Salgado.

Signed in the summer, Shanell, like many keepers, had to bide her time on the bench while regular number 1 Megan Lynch held down the starting spot. An unfortunate season ending injury for Megan gave Shanell her chance, and although she would rather it came in different circumstances, she was not going to miss her opportunity. Shanell has shown time and time again how good a goalkeeper she is, with her shot stopping and command of the box. She has most certainly staked a claim for the starting spot on a permanent basis. With that said, let me stop talking and hand over to Shanell herself as she takes on our ten questions.

*All photos within this article are credited to Tara Hook Photography*


PLAYER NAME: Shanell Salgado

POSITION: Goalkeeper

PERSONAL

(Please state the reason with each answer when required)

1) What is your background in football?

I'm from Germany, so I played there when I was young. I continued playing when I moved to London and worked my way up from the county leagues to now the championship.

2) Who are your football heroes/inspiration?

Oliver Khan is a legend when it comes to goalkeeping in Germany and was the reason I started going in goal when I was young. Another one is Hope Solo, who really helped the women's football, especially in the US, and inspired me to keep going as a girl in goal.

3) What is the proudest moment of your career so far?

On my debut start for the Palace ladies, on the 14/10/18, I earned a clean sheet and made the team of the weekend against London Bees. The FA always choose out of the women's super league and the championship based on statistics and performance. So this was a huge moment for me that made me proud.

4) What has been your favourite moment in the famous red and blue so far?

Making team of the weekend was definitely so far my favourite moment.

Getting that recognition was a huge confidence booster and even now I aspire to achieve that again.

5) What do you hope to achieve in your career in the next five years?

I hope to play full-time and sign a professional contract within the next 5 years. Turning football into a career would definitely be my dream job.

TEAMMATES

(Please state the name of the player and the reason why)

1) LAST OFF THE PITCH: Who trains the hardest?

Freya(Holdaway) - she's our captain and leads by example.

2) UNOFFICIAL CAPTAIN: Who is the most vocal on the pitch, despite not wearing the armband?

Hannah(McKenzie) - she's definitely the funniest person in the team and just likes to comment on literally everything.

3) NERVES OF STEEL: The team have a penalty in the last minute of injury time to win the league, who would you pick to take it?

Ashley(Hincks) - she's an amazing striker and when it comes to a penalty like this she will bury it.

4) ONFIELD WARRIOR: Some teams like to play dirty to get an advantage, who is in the Mile Jedinak mould, that will give it back to defend the team?

Pammie(McRoberts) - she's not scared to put in a tackle.

5) THE MOTIVATOR: Football isn't all glory, there are plenty of downs to go with the ups. Who in the team can you always rely on to pick you up for the next game, when you need it?

There are a few that are encouraging and will help me. But Pammie is someone I can always go to for advice and moral support.

We now know a little more about Shanell, while we already knew that with her in goal, we are in safe hands! Be sure to check back next month to see which CPLFC player will be our March 5BY5!

If you have seen the light and are keen to see the ladies in action and show them you support, then you are in luck. On Thursday 21st February our Ladies take on Lewes Ladies in a home match. The game takes place at Hayes Lane, Bromley, and kicks off at 8pm. Safety is close, and maybe we can take another step towards it on this night. So be sure to get down to Hayes Lane and cheer on the Ladies to another vital win!

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