A female Chelsea goalkeeper has revealed how she quit football to take up a job in the City of London with Goldman Sachs.
Lizzie Durack, 25, joined Chelsea F.C. Women from Everton in the summer of 2018 where she vied for the position of goalkeeper.
But after just one year at the club, she has decided to step away from the game to pursue a career in finance at Goldman Sachs.
At the multinational investment bank, she will work in the Prime Brokerage Division, where she will deal with wealthy hedge fund clients.
After just one year at Chelsea Women, Lizzie Durack (pictured) has decided to step away from the game to pursue a career in finance at Goldman Sachs
Durack, 25, (pictured in training at Chelsea on August 1) joined Chelsea F.C. Women from Everton in the summer of 2018 where she vied for the position of goalkeeper
Durack, who has represented England at several different age groups and has one senior cap to her name (pictured in green with her fellow England teammates), made three appearances and kept three clean sheets for the Blues. These came in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup against Crystal Palace, Yeovil Town and Tottenham Hotspur
It’s a far cry from her work at one of England’s top teams – and is now expected to earn more than the FA Women’s Super League average of around £27,000.
She said: ‘While it’s been a difficult decision, it has come to the time in my football career where I feel I need to explore other career opportunities that I have studied towards and that I am very passionate about.
‘I will always be grateful for my time at Chelsea, especially due to the wonderful support from the fans, my team mates and all the women’s team staff.’
The Australian-born former footballer began her career in Australia, where she played for the Western Sydney Wanderers – before joining Everton for a brief spell.
She took a break from professional football to study Economics and Neurobiology at Harvard in the US, where she played for the college team.
Ms Durack then returned to the UK to play for the north-west side ahead of the 2017/18 Women’s Super League 1 season, before joining Chelsea last summer.
Durack, who has represented England at several different age groups and has one senior cap to her name, made three appearances and kept three clean sheets for the Blues.
But during the season, she found herself behind two other goalkeepers in the Chelsea pecking order – and further competition was headed her way.
The Australian-born former footballer began her career in Australia, where she played for the Western Sydney Wanderers – before joining Everton for a brief spell (she is pictured in training at Chelsea)
During the past season, Durack (left in training, and right with a friend in her free time) found herself behind two other goalkeepers in the Chelsea pecking order – and further competition was headed her way
Speaking to the BBC, she said: ‘I had to make this big decision, and take on board the realisation that opportunities for a young goalkeeper are hard to come by.
‘I had thrown myself into football since my teens. It got so I was wondering if I should start a financial career further years down the line, or just say “it has been a great time, now is the moment I should invest my energies into the world of finance”.’
A career in finance had never been far from Ms Durack’s mind, having spent time over the past two years studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme for investment professionals.
She also previously served an internship at Goldman Sachs when she was a student.
‘It was starting to annoy me to see my academic peers getting on with their careers,’ she added. ‘I felt I was missing the intellectual stimulation that a career in finance could give me.’
Durack insist that her move is not motivated by money, and that it is a ‘consequence rather than a reason of the change’.
But added that she’s looking forward to having more control of her life working in finance, where she should be able to book holiday when she wants.
Chelsea thanked the goalkeeper ‘for all her hard work throughout her time at the club’ and wished her all the best with her future.
The team is next due to play against Tottenham Hotspur Women in front of a full crowd at Stamford Bridge this Sunday.
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