For a player who turned professional at the age of 27, Football Fern goalkeeper Vic Esson has been making the most of her opportunities since.
Now playing for Scottish club Rangers, she’s become a regular squad member in the national side and had the privilege of captaining the Ferns in their homecoming match against Korea Republic in her hometown of Christchurch.
“I don’t think anyone playing at this level has had an easy journey. Everyone’s got their own journey, and this happens to be mine,” Essson says.
Her footballing journey started in 2008 when she played for her country at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, held in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Since then, her progression into professional and senior international football has, in her words, been “a slow burn”.
New Zealand Football has spent time with Esson, learning about her journey, in her own words.
Here is her story …