Arsenal and England legend Kelly Smith says she hopes to keep on playing

PUBLISHED: 12:17 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:20 04 November 2015

Former WGC resident Kelly Smith shows off the Continental Cup with Arsenal Ladies manager Pedro Martinez

Former WGC resident Kelly Smith shows off the Continental Cup with Arsenal Ladies manager Pedro Martinez


England Women’s record goalscorer Kelly Smith hopes to play on for at least one more season.

The 37-year-old was speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times last week at Hatfield’s Herts Sports Village as she visited the BodyBalance Physiotherapy Centre to see their newly installed NASA engineered anti-gravity treadmill.

Smith, who has won 17 major trophies with Arsenal Ladies, retired from international football in February after scoring 46 goals in 117 England games, but hopes to continue playing with the Gunners.

She said: “I would like to play another season.

“I’ve got some talks with Arsenal as to what my role is next year, it’s all in the balance at the minute.

“My body feels good, I’m going to see what both parties want, the general manager and [manager] Pedro [Martinez Losa] and see where we go from there.”

Smith, who lived in Welwyn Garden City for five years, is player-assistant coach with the Gunners and was on the sidelines on Sunday as her club beat Notts County 3-0 to win the Continental Cup for a fourth time in five years.

As one of the country’s all-time top female players, Smith had high praise for the current England Ladies side who finished third at this summer’s World Cup in Canada and the knock-on effect that has had on the game.

She said: “These [England] players now are household names coming off the back of the World Cup.

“I don’t think anyone really expected them to do as well as they did and they gained a big fan following along the way, even though some of the games were on at midnight back in England.

“I was in Canada working for an American Network, so I was out of the picture as to how the nation was feeling.

“It was not until I got back that you could see how the game’s really kicked-off and that first weekend after the World Cup the attendances were really up on every Women’s Super League game and that’s continued.”

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