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Warner loving life on Trentside

5 November 2019

Phoebe Warner splits her time between Nottingham Forest and parent club Aston Villa as she is dualed signed with both clubs throughout the 2019-20 season.

Warner arrived Trentside at the end of August and she explains how she has felt ‘at ease’ since joining the club.

Warner said: “I have really been enjoying my time at Forest so far. 

“All of the players and staff were so welcoming when I arrived and this really put me at ease and allowed me to feel part of it and confident from my first game and training session to now.”

The midfielder is contracted to both The Reds and Villa and is available to feature in any Forest games throughout the season but can be called-upon by her parent club when needed. Warner also both trains with Forest and the FA Women’s Championship side during the week and she expresses how she finds it to juggle her responsibility with both teams.

“Juggling both Villa and Forest definitely keeps me busy,” Warner said.

“But the valuable experiences I’m getting playing good quality football in a competitive and physical league at Forest is only going to help me when given the opportunities to play back at Villa when called upon.”

Joining Forest meant Warner had plenty of new faces and teammates names to learn and she states the banter within the side is her favourite part of being in the team.

“My favourite part of being a Red off the field has to be the jokes with all of the girls, especially in the team WhatsApp group chat,” Warner light-heartedly explained. 

“I’m still finding my feet in terms of contributing (I’m a bit slow at replying) but nonetheless it is still a good read as a neutral.”

Warner has picked up six appearances in the Garibaldi as she has contributed to four of the side’s wins in that time. She most notably helped the side to a 5-0 win over Sheffield FC back in September where she etched her name on the scoresheet and to a 1-0 memorable win over Derby County at Pride Park.

Looking back at her contribution to the team Warner said: “I’m extremely happy to have played a part in them games.

“I think the wins have really increased the confidence within the group, and we are now all starting to believe in ourselves which really shows in our football.”

Warner started two games in October as The Reds picked up four wins out four and ended the month with a 100% winning record and she believes that continuing this form throughout the winter period can see them head into 2020 in a ‘strong league position’.

She said: “It’s so important to continue our form. 

“If we can get some big results before Christmas we can be in a strong league position, which allows us to start the new year with positive energy and carry this through to the end of the season.”

The Reds are back in action on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Burnley to take on the league’s second place team and Warner shared her thoughts ahead of the big test.

“Burnley are a very good team, and that shows in their previous results this year,” Warner said.

“However, if we believe in ourselves and play the high-quality football we know we can play, we are more than capable of competing and getting a result on the weekend.”


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