Brynjarsdottir says West Ham fans are 'yet to see the best of her'

Dagny Brynjarsdottir claims West Ham fans are ‘yet to see the best of her’ after struggling with injury and contracting Covid but insists she will get back to scoring goals… before revealing how Olli Harder’s side are looking ‘promising’ in pre-season

  • Dagny Brynjarsdottir says that West Ham fans are yet to see the best of her
  • Brynjarsdottir became boss Olli Harder’s first recruit when he took the reins
  • She was awarded the No 32 shirt after agreeing to a one-and-a-half-year deal
  • Brynjarsdottir hopes to find her goal-scoring boots before the season starts
  • She believes playing with boys as a child has made her as successful as she is 

Dagny Brynjarsdottir has played for some of the biggest names in Women’s football, including German giants Bayern Munich and USA side Portland Thorns, but believes her move to West Ham United was fate. 

Having been a lifelong West Ham fan, Brynjarsdottir joined the Women’s Super League side on a one-and-a-half-year deal from Icelandic side Selfloss in January this year. 

However, she only managed half a season before struggling with injury and falling ill with Covid. As a result, Brynjarsdottir believes the West Ham fans are yet to see the ‘best’ of her.

The 29-year-old now vows to use the strength and power she developed playing alongside boys at an early age to rediscover her goal-scoring ways for the 2021-2022 season and help the Hammers finish in the top half of the table. 

Dagny Brynjarsdottir (modelling West Ham’s new kit) believes her move to the club was fate

Brynjarsdottir became Olli Harder’s first recruit after taking over the reins at the club in December 2020.

The Iceland international was awarded the No 32 shirt after agreeing to a one-and-a-half-year deal with the Hammers.

Having grown fond of the club during her childhood, Brynjarsdottir says she is delighted to have joined West Ham and that she is excited for her first full season in England.

She told Sportsmail: ‘I never thought I would do that as a young girl that I would make my West Ham debut.

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‘My best friend and his dad, who I started playing football with, were huge West Ham United fans. 

‘I remember I was 15-16 years old and they showed me there was a trial for the women’s team at West Ham, however, it wasn’t a professional team at the time. 

‘I remember being like no I can’t go there now as it’s not a professional team. But it is funny to think I have ended up here as a West Ham fan. 

‘I am happy to be here and I am really looking forward to my first full season.’ 

Having made a January switch to West Ham, after spending 2020 playing for Icelandic side Selfoss, Brynjarsdottir arrived at the business end of the season. 

However, West Ham found themselves fighting for survival and dropped to the bottom of the Women’s Super League table with five games left to go.

Nevertheless, Harder’s side managed to claw their way out of the drop zone and finish the 2020-2021 season in ninth place.   

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Looking ahead to next season, Brynjarsdottir believes West Ham will be better positioned to finish in the top half of the table. 

The 29-year-old said that the squad have been ‘clicking well’ during pre-season and that they are looking ‘promising’ ahead of their 2021-2022 campaign. 

Brynjarsdottir said: ‘Yeah I think we have just done a week and a half of pre-season but it’s looking good and really promising. 

‘We have a lot of new players but we know each other pretty well now. I think training has been going well and I think we will definitely do better this season compared to the season before. 

‘We will go into every game aiming for three points and see how that takes us. As a player, I always want to compete at the top of the table and I always believe we can do that. 

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‘So yeah, we have a good squad but it’s not always about that. It’s about which team has the best team. I think we are clicking pretty well so I think we can go further than people think.’

On a personal level, the midfielder – who boasts a wealth of experience at international level, making 90 appearances and scoring 28 goals for Iceland – says that the West Ham fans have not seen the best of her yet. 

‘No one has seen the best of me yet. I came in with an injury and I got Covid so every time I was getting back to myself something happened,’ she told Sportsmail. 

‘I think my work ethic on the field is really good and one of my strengths as a midfielder is that I can score goals and normally I am really good at it…even though I wasn’t too good at it last season,’ she joked. 

‘I am really hoping I will find my goal-scoring boots before the season begins because that is my strength.’   

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Brynjarsdottir – who was born in the small town of Hella, situated just over 90km east of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik – believes her route to professional football has helped her develop into the player she is today.   

‘I am from a really small town in Iceland,’ she said. ‘Where I grew up we didn’t have a girls team at the time.

‘My best friend Thomas, who lived in the same street as me, started playing when he was five and I would go play with him and his dad in the backyard.

‘Then when I was about to turn six I went to a training session with him. I remember when my mum said ‘if you’re going to go to training you either do one session and you are done, or if you are going to play you can not miss a session’. 

‘When I got home I was like ‘mum I am not missing any training sessions’. So yeah, I grew up playing with only boys until I was 13. When I turned 13, that summer was the first time I played with girls.’  

Brynjarsdottir believes playing with boys allowed her to develop a level of strength that could not be matched by her female competitors. 

She said: ‘I am really athletic as a player. I am physical but I can run a lot. I think playing with boys definitely helped me with that. 

‘I wasn’t competing as a girl, I just wanted to beat the boys. So, yeah I definitely think that helped me and it made me a lot tougher.’ 

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The 29-year-old now hopes to pay tribute to that little girl who fell in love with the game during the 2021-2022 campaign and she believes the club’s new strip will allow her to do so.  

Brynjarsdottir’s first-ever football jersey was the 1999-2000 West Ham shirt that club legend Paolo Di Canio wore when he scored that infamous volley against Wimbledon. 

It was also that season that saw Brynjarsdottir fall in love with the club as Trevor Sinclair, Frank Lampard and Paulo Wanchope all scored away at Metz to win the Intertoto Cup and seal a spot in the UEFA Cup. 

Brynjarsdottir believes the new strip evokes such childhood memories as it replicates the striking blue sleeves and white shorts that were worn over 20 years ago. 

Brynjarsdottir hopes to pay tribute to that little girl who fell in love with the game during the 2021-2022 campaign and she believes the club’s new strip (above) will allow her to do so

Brynjarsdottir’s first ever football jersey (above) was the 1999-2000 West Ham United shirt

Speaking of the club’s new kit, Brynjarsdottir said: ‘I actually really like the kit. When I saw it, it reminded me of my first West Ham jersey. It’s like a replica of my first ever jersey so I thought that was pretty cool to be here when that happened. 

‘So yeah when I saw it I was like ‘wow that’s pretty cool’. It looks good and I am really looking forward to wearing it.’ 

Brynjarsdottir also hopes she can create lasting memories for the next generation while wearing the club’s new strip. 

She believes women’s football requires great exposure to encourage young girls to take up the sport. 

She told Sportsmail: ‘I was quite old when I saw my first women’s game. There were men’s games everywhere. 

Brynjarsdottir believes the new strip evokes such memories of her childhood as it replicates the striking blue sleeves, white shorts and Claret socks (kit modelled by Kate Longhurst)

The kit is inspired by the shirt worn by Paolo Di Canio for his infamous volley versus Wimbledon

‘It’s obviously way better now than when I was little but I still think there needs to be more women’s games on TV and more people coming to the games obviously. 

‘That way it is easier for young girls to see it and think maybe I can be where they are one day.

‘So definitely, when there is more awareness, especially on social media, young girls are going to get into football.’ 

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