Summer signing, Olivia Cook, reflects back on her first month as a Red as she helps Nottingham Forest get the new FA Women’s National League season underway.
Cook arrived at Forest from Doncaster Rovers Belles in July and the England U19 International explained how well she has settled into life as a Red.
“In a word, it’s been exciting,” she said.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far. There's been a surge of new developments, players, staff, and ideas that have created a new ambition for the club which is really inspiring to me as a new player.”
Cook linked up with her new teammates and coaching staff for the whole of pre-season and she explained what has impressed her the most.
“The drive that everyone at the club has, has impressed me the most,” she continued: “There's a real ethos of pushing yourself and each other to get the best possible results, yet there is such a strong feeling of togetherness.”
Cook was amongst 10 new faces that arrived at the club during the summer and along with her fellow new signings the defender linked up with Forest’s retained players from the previous season. Despite the squad full of new names for Cook to learn she found settling in with her new teammates enjoyable.
“Honestly, I could not have asked for a nicer more welcoming group to come into as a new player,” she explained.
“Despite the influx of new players, the team has gelled together so quickly.
“The closeness of the group is exemplified by the performances we've put in during pre-season.”
The Reds got the new season underway last Sunday and Cook played a full 90 minutes in the game as she registered her first official debut for the club. The side fell to a loss away from home and even though the result didn’t go The Reds way Cook believes her and her teammates need to quickly move on from the loss and look ahead to the next fixture.
She said: “It was disappointing for us especially after our pre-season but we take responsibility for that, distance ourselves off and work even harder in training to get the results.
“Obviously, we'll look at what didn’t go quite well and take some positives but we can’t afford to dwell on the result, so training will be focussed on getting a win in the cup game”
Forest are back on the road Sunday as they turn their attention to cup action as they take on Huddersfield Town in the preliminary round of the FA Women’s National League Cup.
Overcoming the Yorkshire side and booking their place in the first round of the cup is the ultimate goal for The Reds but Cook explains that a win isn’t crucial in keeping the team morale high.
“Irrelevant of what happens in our games we will always be a team that believes in ourselves and what we can achieve,” Cook states.
“But a win is always a boost for us especially in a cup game. We want our hard work to pay off in games and hopefully we see that happen in our next game!”