Derby County Football Club Women

Newton Planning to hit Landmark

Article written by Derby University Football Journalism Student Sam Collins

Derby County Football Club Women’s striker Cara Newton believes she can fight through injury to hit 100 club goals before finishing her career.

The 29-year-old started playing for Derby when she was 11 and re-joined her childhood club in the 2018/19 season after a few years away at local rivals Long Eaton United LFC.

The No.9 has scored 84 goals for the club and is looking to reach 100 before the end of her career, which she thought would be at the end of this season.

Newton was just starting to find her form before she picked up an ankle injury against Burton Albion in August of 2019, that eventually kept her out for the season. “I want to reach 100 goals to retire happy, so not being able to reach that or add to the goals makes it a disappointing season for myself.

“It’s gutting, I’m 29 now and I don’t think I’m going to have many seasons left in me” Newton explained.

However, the experienced star has remained positive and has taken advantage of the club’s links with Nuffield Health to help with the rehab process. Newton talked about the mental impact of having a clear goal target: “Knowing that I want them goals has been the motivation needed to get me through and keep myself fit.”

The extra gym load has been something the striker has relished: “I’m someone who is naturally sporty and likes to keep fit so was doing it for my injury but also for myself.”

On the pitch success hasn’t been the only reason Newton has remained dedicated to the rehab: “I was supposed to be getting married in May so that was an extra motivator to remain physically fit.”

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the wedding has been pushed back to November, but Newton knows that the wedding and an eye to become the Derby’s first 100 club member, are reasons to keep battling against the injury so she can retire happy.