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Reek thrilled to make Reds debut

24 April 2019

Jordan Reek earned her first minutes of senior football in the Garibaldi Red on Sunday as she was introduced as a second-half substitute away at Huddersfield Town.

The 20-year-old has been a part of The Reds' matchday squad for the past five league games and was rewarded for her patience with 15 minutes' playing time in the Forest back four, a role into which she slotted perfectly.

Speaking after the game, Reek expressed the joy of making her debut and said: "It's something that I have wanted to do for a long while.

"I've been at Forest for two years and this season has been a strong one for me personally so getting on the pitch on Sunday and having my name on the shirt was such a big achievement for me and my family!"

After making the move from the reserve side to the senior set-up in March, Reek has been made to feel a welcome part of the squad by her new teammates.

She said: "If I'm honest I've loved it, the girls have been so welcoming and I think I've fitted in really well. There's such a good atmosphere within the camp at the minute which is obviously benefiting us training and playing-wise just as much as psychologically."

From being a figurehead in the reserve side, Reek moved up to become one of the youthful players in the senior team and she revealed how the more experienced players within the squad have helped her settle and improve.

She said: "They have been great, especially because the position I play and with the experienced players that are currently there I'm constantly learning.

"When I'm playing with them they're constantly giving information and communicating well and obviously that helps us in games and training to ensure we are a strong unit and a strong team.

"They treat you as if you have been with them ages and we always try to encourage each other and praise the decisions made which is really positive."

Before being called up to the first team, Reek was the captain of the reserve side in a role that she loved playing for the past two seasons and was a force in their backline and she explained her own key traits that make her a strong defender and leader like others in the game.

She said: "I love being captain of the reserves, for me I am a very confident person when it comes to talking to different people whether that be players, coaches or referees.

"I also have a very good group of girls around me in the team so that makes being captain a lot easier. I have made some good friends in that team and we always like to have a laugh when we can and know how to communicate with each other.

"There is nothing better than playing in a team that all respect each other and encourage and motivate each other which all the teams do at Forest."

With only two games remaining for The Reds, Reek looked ahead to a positive future and how collecting Sunday's minutes have inspired her further to cement her place in the Forest senior side.

She said: "Everyone's dream is to be in the first team and put that shirt on every week, it is an honour. I'm looking to keep improving, learning and push for my place in the senior side, as playing first team football is what I want to try and achieve and getting my first senior start on Sunday was just the start of my journey and the motivation I need to keep fighting for my place."

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