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Barker settling in

19 November 2019

Hollie Barker has only been a Red for three weeks but she has been left feeling like she’s been at the ‘club for years’ as she has been enjoying life at Nottingham Forest.

“I have absolutely loved every minute of my time here,” Barker explained.

“As I said in my post-match interview after the Burnley game, I feel like I have been at this club for years.”

“I have settled in well and that is a credit to my team mates and the staff for making me feel so welcome.

“Enjoying my football is my main priority and that is exactly what I am doing!”

The 28-year-old made her Forest debut away to Burnley two weeks ago where The Reds returned to Nottingham with an impressive 1-0 victory and she states this has been one of her many highlights since moving Trentside.

Barker said: “Obviously making my debut for The Reds and bringing home the three points against Burnley was absolutely massive and one of my favourite memories yet.

“It was such an amazing feeling to step onto the pitch and make my Reds’ debut.

“I was a little nervous before hand but I felt really comfortable from the get go, which was made easier with the skipper alongside me, she is constantly talking and supporting which always helps.

“I couldn't have wished for any more than that, which I think boils down to the togetherness of this group, I can't remember the last time I was a part of anything like this.

“Everyone is constantly battling for each other and if we carry on this way in the future there will be huge success, which I believe is more than possible!”

Barker joined the club from Championship outfit Sheffield United where she spent over a year with the side playing in the semi-professional division but she believes that Forest’s set-up is the best she’s experienced.

“The structure, organisation and professionalism of this club is very impressive, probably the best I have been in if I am honest,” Barker explained.

“There is no-one in our league that have what we have which is special to be a part of.”

The full-back was already familiar with some faces in the Forest  squad having already played with Bex Rayner and had a pre-existing friendship with Sophie Walton and she explains how this made her move into the Garibaldi easier.

“I knew a couple of players, Walts (Sophie) and Bex. I played a full season with Bex last year at Sheffield United, she was my roommate on away days and one of my good mates. I couldn't wait to be reunited with her both on and off the pitch.

“I'd also been speaking to Walts a lot and she had told me how good it was which excited me even more about my move. 

“It definitely made it easier knowing that they were already here, I call them my safety net.”

Barker may potentially make her East Midlands derby debut in two weeks after Forest drew Derby County away in the second round of the FA Cup and it’s a tie she is relishing.

Barker said: “A derby game is always a game you want to be involved in, these are always massive!

“A lot of the girls are Forest fans so they are always talking about how much we have to beat them, which always gets us hyped.

“It would be brilliant to replicate our previous form against them and to keep the East Midlands red.

“I know a few of the girls at Derby County too so it would be nice to hold the bragging rights against them.”


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