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Game plan change as Cover sounds out Swedish switch

MAKING HISTORY: Ipswich gridiron player Meagan Cover wants to become the first Australian to play in the Swedish women's Gridiron competition.
MAKING HISTORY: Ipswich gridiron player Meagan Cover wants to become the first Australian to play in the Swedish women's Gridiron competition. Rob Williams

IPSWICH Gridiron star Meagan Cover is set to embark on a whole new adventure this year.

After coming within a whisker of being selected to represent Australia in the Women's World Championships, Cover refused to see her training go to waste.

Currently playing for the Griffith University women's team, the Ipswich product has set her sights on conquering Europe with the Arlanda Jets.

Invited to join the Stockholm side in a-six team competition, Cover would become the first Australian to play in the Swedish Super Series.

"I thought that if I made the Australian team that would be the end but instead this is the beginning,” Cover said.

"I was disappointed at first but in all honesty there's so much more opportunity to come out of this and I'm happy to take this role with the Jets.”

The opportunity came from a chance encounter over social media.

After sending a message to the Arlanda Jets via Instagram, Cover was soon contacted by the Swedish outfit.

"I spoke to the head coach and sent them some footage of me playing,” she said. "It all went from there. It's pretty ground-breaking.

"No-one in Australia has thought about playing over there before. It's going to open up so much for women in sport.”

Now in the process of raising money to fund the trip, Cover said her new teammates were already helping her sort out accommodation and employment.

"The girls over there have been amazing,” she said. "I don't speak Swedish so they are finding me some cafe work which would let me train in the afternoons.

"It's only a short season so I'd be there from April until the end of August. It's really inspired me to get back into the gym and I'm already doing personal bests.”

To help raise money for the trip, Cover has set up an online fundraiser called 'Sweden or Bust'on GoFundMe.com.

So far the campaign has raised more than $300.

To find out more about Meagan Cover's European journey plans visit gofundme.com/Arlanda- jets or follow her Instagram page @meagancover.

Topics:  gridiron