Nigeria born Watford ladies ace Adekite Fatuga-Dada has dedicated almost half her life to Watford – but to her it’s meant more than just a shirt.
The Hornets icon has been at the club since she was a fresh-faced 12-year-old, when the yellow and black kit barely fit her.
As the Golden Girls’ longest serving player, at just 24-years-old, she has always wanted to give something back to the heart of where her story began.
Growing up, Adekite was glued to her uncle’s side, watching him play football in the local park in Harrow, while kicking a ball about by herself on the sidelines.
Back then she didn’t even know girls football existed – before she was scouted at her school’s Safer Neighbourhoods programme.
Adekite told SunSport: “The community gave a lot to me in terms of the Watford Trust.
“That’s how I got into this world of women’s football that I didn’t know about when I was younger.
“I went to a few events at Harrow High School and they just saw me having a kickabout.
“Someone came up to me and said ‘you do know, you could go to the Watford Centre of Excellence’, and I didn’t even know that existed at the time.
“I am a product of the community and I just want to give back and anything they ever asked me to do I’m more than happy to do.”
Adekite arrived at Watford in 2008, before enjoying a successful stint in the Gunners’ Under-17s side, where she lifted the Youth FA Cup trophy.
She then returned home to the Hornets in 2015 and has stayed put ever since.
While contributing to discussions on the problem of racism in sports recently, Fatuga-Dada told metro.co.uk,
‘If I wanted to play internationally, I would probably have to play for Nigeria, because I couldn’t see it happening with England.’