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Lego helps me relax off the pitch as Man City push for WSL title on it

Written by on April 27, 2024

“Each year, I always try to outperform the last one. I’m always looking at stats at the end of every season, like an end-of-season review,” Hemp says. “Over the last year or so I’ve felt really confident in myself and my ability. I’ve worked hard on the defensive side of things as well. It’s not a favourite thing of wingers, to track back and help the defence, but I feel like I’ve tried to implement that in my game this year, which has ultimately helped out our defence as well.

“Something that helps me have confidence and be relaxed on the pitch is that work-life balance. Life away from the pitch is really good for me and when life outside of football is going well, it helps reflect on the pitch.”

‘Lego helps me relax’

A key part of that relaxation is building Lego models. “I quite like doing that to relax the mind,“ Hemp explains. “I recently made a little model, a mini rollerskate, which was quite cool. I’ve actually recently been building Ikea flatpack things to put them all on shelves, because at the moment they’re just hoarding my house!”

How long Hemp’s home will be in Manchester was answered on Friday, after confirmation she had signed a three-year contract extension.

“I want to take my game to the next level, and I feel like I’m capable of doing that here. The WSL is the best league to be in,” she said when the news was announced on Friday. “I’m so passionate about this club and there’s no place I’d rather be. I’m very excited to keep this journey going for the next few years.”

The next game on that journey is this Sunday and a trip to Bristol City, who know they will be relegated to the Championship unless they win at Ashton Gate. The prospect of condemning her former club to the drop is a sad one for Hemp but not something she can worry about, as she adds: “When I was at Bristol City, they treated me so well. It’s an amazing club that also holds a special place in my heart, but I’ve been here for six years now and it would mean so much for me to win the league so my full focus is on scoring as many goals as we can, which unfortunately is not very nice for them. It would be horrible to see them relegated but that’s football and I know they’d definitely bounce back if that was to happen.”

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