Nottingham Forest defender, Georgia Hewitt, describes the ‘buzz’ around the squad as they gear up for the start of the new season which kicks-off away to Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon.
“I’m extremely excited to get the season under way with the girls,” Hewitt said.
“There’s a proper buzz around the squad and we can’t wait to put all the hard work into the games that matter.
Looking back at the Reds’ competitive pre-season campaign Hewitt explains how the results may have not gone the side’s way but the performances have set them in good stead heading into the new season.
She said: “Game by game we’ve taken huge steps forward and our style of play has really started to flourish.
“We’ve come up against some really good sides who have tested us and showed where we need to tighten up and equally we’ve tested them.
“We put in two quality performances against two very strong sides in Aston Villa and West Ham that showed us that we can compete with some of the best and that we have the capabilities to get there.
“With the quality we have, we’ve given the gaffer a difficult decision in the starting 11 because I think every single player has the ability to get the job done come the first game of the season,” she added.
The Reds’ added an influx of new faces during the off season and Hewitt believes that with the strength the side showed last season the team have found the perfect balance to have a successful campaign.
“Last season was a massive test of character for us as a team, we definitely showed the determination a winning side needs, Hewitt expressed.
“We’ve gained players this season that add different aspects such as skill, experience, personality plus more and this will only make us stronger.
“The team dynamic is second to none, we had an extremely tight group last season and all the new additions have slotted in perfectly, it’s like we’ve been a team for years.
“On top of that I think we all know how well we can play and have respect for each other that we all demand certain standards so we can achieve the best out of this season and bring out the best in each other.”
Along with new additions to the playing squad Forest also brought in a new Head Coach during the summer in Andy Cook and Hewitt explains what his arrival has brought to the team.
“I think he’s been brilliant from the day he came in. The girls have had instant respect for him and he’s someone that you want to play for.”
“He has a lot of experience in the women’s game and we’ll all learn a lot from what he brings, hopefully taking us that step further in our quest for promotion.”
Cook was brought into the team as the club’s first full-time Manager and along with other impressive backing from the Nottingham Forest ownership the side have begun to reap and enjoy the benefits that the ‘one club’ relationship brings.
Hewitt explained how she believes that the support from the club can help them on their fight to finish high up in the league table.
She said: “It’s absolutely brilliant, I think a lot of teams are stepping up a level in this league but Forest have taken it to a whole new level in terms of the funding and the way the clubs being ran.
“There’s more of a professional element and I think all the improvements have taken us alongside a FA Women’s Championship side and ultimately shown us that we want to be competing at that level on the pitch as well as off the pitch.”