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Shaw says goodbye to Bordeaux

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2021 | 12:08 AMDaniel Wheeler/Staff Reporter
Khadija Shaw
Khadija Shaw

National striker Khadija Shaw has ended her stint with French club Bordeaux, paving the way for her to take on a new adventure.

Shaw, 24, took to Instagram yesterday to convey her thanks to the club for facilitating her growth as a player since arriving in France in 2019.

“Thank you to my teammates and staff for making me feel at home ever since I arrived. I take with me two years of memories, lessons and amazing moments. Lastly the fans, your never-ending love and support have always pushed me to go the extra distance,” Shaw said. “You were instrumental in our achievement, especially this season. I have no doubt that the club will continue to progress and reap deserving success. All the best and good luck in the future.”

Bordeaux had earlier signalled Shaw’s departure on Monday, as the 2020/21 Division One Feminine season concluded last Saturday with the team already having secured qualification into next season’s Women’s Champions League.

Shaw finished the campaign winning the golden boot as she scored her league-leading 22nd goal of the season in her team’s 4-2 loss to Guingamp on the final day of the season. Bordeaux, in a Twitter post on Monday, thanked Shaw for her performances and character on and off the field and wished her well.

“In two seasons, Khadija Shaw will have left her mark on FC Girondins de Bordeaux and D1 Arkema. We thank her for her many goals but also for her kindness and professionalism. Thanks, Khadija!”

Shaw beat out Paris Saint Germain’s (PSG) Marie Antoinette Katoto to the goal-scoring crown as the latter did not play in their title-clinching 3-0 win over Dijon on June 4.

DEBUT SEASON

In her debut season which abruptly ended because of COVID-19, Shaw finished with 10 goals for Bordeaux. She doubled her tally in her second and final year with team. She is the first Bordeaux player and first player not from PSG or Lyon, the nation’s two top clubs to win the award.

Her next stop could be England’s Women’s Super League as Manchester City are reportedly the favourites to sign her. Wherever she lands, French journalist Romain Balland said it will be a club that has Champions League title aspirations.

“Khadija Shaw will join a club that can hope to win the Women’s Champions League for the first time with the Jamaican in their squad,” Balland tweeted on Monday.

In a recent interview, British journalist Richard Laverty said that Chelsea and PSG have also expressed interest in her. In addition to Manchester City, those clubs fit the profile of teams that have never won the Women’s Champions League.

Reggae Girlz head coach Hubert Busby said recently that Shaw was left out of the current Reggae Girlz squad, now playing in the Summer Series in the United States, to give her some rest and and for the player to determine her club future after a demanding season.

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