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Jess Fishlock says she'll play for the Reign for 3 more years

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Midfielder's loan to Melbourne City as a player and assistant manager also marks the beginning of her coaching career

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In an interview on Wednesday with BBC Radio Wales Sport, Jess Fishlock discussed a wide range of topics related to her career and personal life.

The big news from the interview is that she decided to sign on with the Reign for three more seasons, which she says will probably be the final 3 seasons of her playing career.

"I need to start settling down now, and I have come to that decision. I just made that decision a month ago because I was to a point where I need to decide now, when I sign my next contract. Where am I going to be? When am I going to be settling? [This is] probably going to be my last three-year contract. I have to decide where I wanted that to be.

"As much as I am a professional footballer, and as much as it is a majority of my life, I am also a human. I want what everyone else wants. I want a house and I want a family. I have to start thinking of that, and that is what I've done. That's why I've made the decision that I've made now to go to Australia and the decision I've made to where I'm going to be for the next three years.

"I was really close to coming home -- really, really close, actually -- to the point where I'd actually told Seattle that I was done. Then I spoke to my support system, spoke to my brother, spoke to my family and realized that Seattle is where I want to be, and I would be coming home for probably the wrong reasons. So I'm settling down in North America."

Earlier in the interview, she indicated that she's motivated to finally win the NWSL Championship.

"Every now and then, it's nice to see where you've come from and what you have achieved, but the reality of it is that there's always something else you want to achieve. With Seattle, we've had two great seasons, but we haven't actually won the championship, and I think that's something that I really want to win."

Fishlock also talked about wanting to become a coach, and how that played a role in her decision to go on loan to Melbourne City during the NWSL offseason, which will also be the last time she plays overseas during the offseason.

"Eventually, I want to coach, and that's where I'm focusing now, a little bit. Hence, Melbourne, I'm going as an assistant manager as well as a player. Every decision I make has a purpose, so this will be the last year I'll play all year round. This is why the coaching is in it as well. To prepare myself."

She says she still believes she's getting better as a player. Part of that involves re-watching every game she plays.

"I re-watch every game I play three times, probably. Sometimes I'll look at it from purely a defensive point of view. Then I'll look at it from an attacking point of view."

Toward the end of the interview, she was asked to name the best player she's ever played with. She named four, including Reign teammates Kim Little and Hope Solo, in addition to FFC Frankfurt and Germany national team midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán and Lisa De Vanna, who plays forward for Melbourne City and Australia.