Football: Jane Ross announces move to Sweden

Jane Ross (left), in action for Glasgow City LFC against Hibernian in the 2012 Scottish Cup semi-final, has signed for Swedish side Vittsjo GIK.
Jane Ross (left), in action for Glasgow City LFC against Hibernian in the 2012 Scottish Cup semi-final, has signed for Swedish side Vittsjo GIK.

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross has signed for one of Europe’s leading women’s football clubs - Vittsjö GIK in Sweden.

Jane, the Scottish Women’s Premier League players’ player of the year in 2012, announced her move from Scottish champions Glasgow City on Twitter on New Year’s Day and said she was “looking forward to the 2013 season & the new challenges that lie ahead for me”.

Vittsjö finished in sixth place in the Swedish Women’s National League - the Damallsvenskan - last season.

Their squad includes Scottish international full-back Ifeoma Dieke, one of only two non-English players named in the Team GB women’s football squad for the 2012 London Olympics, for which Jane was named as a reserve player.

Having joined Glasgow City at the age of just 16, Jane, now 23, has won six SWPL titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups as well as representing the club in the UEFA Women’s Champions’ League, and won 44 caps for Scotland along the way.

Commenting on her move, Jane said, “To play football professionally has always been an ambition of mine though, so when the opportunity arose to sign with Vittsjo next season I felt that it was one I could not pass up on.

“I have had many great years with Glasgow City and have had the privilege of working with some of the best coaches and playing alongside some of the most talented players in the country. I cannot thank the club enough for giving me this opportunity and for helping to develop me into the player I am today.

“I wish the club and the players all the best for the 2013 season and I am personally looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead for me in Sweden.”

City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “As the new season commences we have to accept that some players will leave us and seek a fresh challenge. Jane has now achieved so much and is still only 23 years of age.

“Every year has seen her strengthen her reputation and consistency. I would be hard pushed to think of a more dedicated individual, she has done everything in her power to improve her game.

“When I first arrived at the club Jane was struggling with confidence and in all honesty appeared to be totally unprepared for the rigours of the senior game. It’s true as a young player it’s difficult to establish consistency and Jane struggled to come to terms with this, but we have to bear in mind she left home at a young age and that is a big decision to make. However she showed how determined she was and her rise over the past two seasons has been remarkable, not only establishing herself as a very important player for the Club but also on the international stage.

“She has now added goals to her armoury and allied with her pace, skill and work rate, her new club in Sweden are getting very much a finished article. Her goals ratio for both club and country are fantastic and it’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye.

“We can all take great credit that another one of our players is now playing in a professional league and whilst it destabilises our league to have the best players leave, we will never stand in the way of players who wish new adventures, and I would like to thank Jane for her fantastic contribution to the club and wish her the very best of luck in Sweden.”