Moving from the other side of the world to play in the famous black and white is the dream of many people across the globe and Gillian Oyos is living that and set to turn out on the biggest stage.
Despite Oyos being brand new to the squad she’s already become a regular under Becky Langley forming great relationships with the likes of Georgia Gibson and Beth Guy.
Studying for a Master’s degree alongside being a part-time footballer has its challenges of course, but getting to play in front of over 25,000 people will make it worthwhile.
While many of the current squad played at St James’ Park earlier this year, Oyos is buzzing to experience it for herself as she spoke before the Lasses’ training session on Wednesday.
Gillian Oyos excited for bumper St James’ Park crowd
‘I’m incredibly excited coming over here across the ocean and having the chance to play in front of 25k+ people is just absolutely incredible, I can’t put it into words really.
I’ve been here 3 months now training every week, the games so far at Kingston Park and Druid Park there are more people than what I’m used to back home, and this Sunday is going to be incredible.’
Despite only being on Tyneside for a few months, Oyos appears to have already caught the Newcastle United bug having taken in one of the Men’s games earlier this season and certainly didn’t hide how much it will mean to play on the hallowed turf.
Newcastle already under Oyos’ skin
‘Obviously, some of the girls have done this before, played at St James’ Park, but this will be my first time so I don’t really know what to expect.
I was at St James’ for the first time when the men played against Crystal Palace and that was my first game. So, just picturing myself was unreal so I’m really excited.’
Becky Langley has put together a very young side, so getting the chance to play in front of more than 25,000 fans will be a dream come true for many, especially for Oyos who took a big leap to leave America and move to Tyneside.