Arsenal’s Jodie Taylor says she’s open to offers to leave the Gunners this winter, when her current contract expires.
Speaking at the FA Women’s Football Awards, Taylor talked about her future, and the possibility of a return to America and Portland. She said (via ESPN): “I’m open to it. My contract’s up in December and I’m open to every option that’s thrown my way — we’ll see.
“I think I’m ready to settle in one place — it’s just finding the place. I felt at the time in Portland that it was home, and eventually it will be — west coast in America. I’m almost in the last part of the process of getting my green card. That’s always been in the works. That’s a long-term plan.
“Football’s such a short career and a small window that I want to make the most out of football, wherever that is. So that’s why I’m completely open [to offers].”
With Taylor in such good form at the moment, she’d likely draw a lot of interest from other clubs if she were to leave Arsenal at the end of her contract.
After scoring five goals in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, winning the Golden Boot, Taylor followed this up with yet another goal for her country on Tuesday. Jodie scored the second in England’s 6-0 win against Russia, to kick off the new World Cup qualifying campaign.
Arsenal’s season kicks off this weekend, with a match against Birmingham City on Sunday at Meadow Park in the WSL. The Gunners will hope that Jodie can carry this good form into the club competition, but if she does, it seems like holding onto her in December will be a struggle.
Jodie is now 31 years old, and joined Arsenal a year and a half ago in March 2016, but spent most of the season injured. After scoring twice on her debut at the end of that season in 2016, she’s kicked on from there, to become an important part of the team.