Glasgow City welcome the return of Ruesha Littlejohn
Glasgow City are delighted to announce the return to the club of striker Ruesha Littlejohn who signs from Liverpool.
Ruesha left Glasgow City at the start of season 2011 to join semi-professional English Super League side Liverpool after enjoying four very successful years with the Scottish Champions winning four Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Scottish Cup.
The prolific striker started 74 games scoring 96 goals, including 6 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Commenting on securing Ruesha’s signature, Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, “Of course I am very happy to have Ruesha back with the team, her team. She came here as a kid and over the years gave us many great moments, when she left she did so in the knowledge that she was going to play a different style of football and that helped her be a more rounded and experienced player. Ruesha knows the way to goal, links play well, works hard and can be a match winner when you need her most.
“Over the past few months we have suffered a lot with our front players. Firstly Lisa (Evans) left to join Potsdam which we wholeheartedly approved and then Jane (Ross) left for the Olympics which again had our full support. Christie (Murray) has been out for 3 months and this left a huge responsibility on the shoulders of Emma Mitchell, Jennifer Callaghan and Ashley McDonald. The latter two have only recently joined us and they need us all to help them settle into the club.
“Therefore it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered Ruesha was wanting to come home. She will need a little time to get her fitness levels up to the standard of her team mates and I am in no doubt she will succeed. We can now be fully confident in the knowledge that the volume of games we experienced last year will not be as great a burden to the club if we revisit the same scenario again this year. I am looking forward to working with Ruesha again and I can only see great benefits for everyone associated with Glasgow City.
Ruesha also expressed her delight at being back at the club which has played such a big part in her life. She said, “It is great to be back at City again. I know the club so well. I have been here since I turned 16 years old and City is like my home, as I always seem to come back here. I get on great with all the girls and coaching staff.
“I have been to a few teams the, latest being Liverpool and I would like to thank Liverpool for having me. Now I am back at Glasgow City, I am looking forward to getting back into the system and the City way.The work that goes into the club is astonishing. Whenever I have left and went away and tried something new I always wished the training was like City's. I missed the high intensity and the games at the end, where you would go home delighted or absolutely fuming your team had been beat. I love the competitive side that the team has. Everyone wants to give there all in training and matches. It wouldn’t be allowed any other way or else players would not be welcome.
“I am ready to be yelled at from Eddie and Donald and am sure they can’t wait to push me, and get me back into shape. It's good to be back” :)
Ruesha immediately joins up with the squad and her first experience in a City jersey again will be in Finland in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, when the team fly out next week to try and win their First round group and qualifying for the knock out stages.
Picture - Ruesha in action for Glasgow City just before departing for Liverpool. Picture thanks to Lorraine Hill.