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Interview with Sydnie Naylor

7 February 2020

Sydnie Naylor is delighted to be a Red as she reflects back on her first month as a Nottingham Forest player.

She said: “I am really enjoying my time as a Red so far. 
“Although it’s only been a month, its feels like I’ve been here a lot longer. 
“Joining a squad for the second-half of the season can sometimes make it difficult to find your feet but that’s something I’ve had no problem with at all in this team. 
“Every player and member of staff has made me feel so welcome from the get-go.”
Looking back on her time so far, Naylor shares what she has enjoyed being a part of the squad.
“To be honest, it would be hard to single out something I’ve enjoyed most so far,” she said.
“I look forward to seeing everyone each week, the training sessions and match day. 
“There’s a real buzz around the club and being able to share in that with such a great bunch of people makes it all the more special.”
“Obviously, I’d have rather been on the winning side in both games but taking to the pitch for the first time in a while against Burnley and getting my first start against Middlesbrough are personal milestones that I can now hopefully build on,” Naylor added.
This is the 19-year-old’s first taste of football since she stepped away from the game, competitively, when she was 16 and she states that Forest’s environment was the best she could’ve joined to enjoy the sport, again.
Naylor said: “Coming back into a football environment having had an extended period away from one has posed both a physical and mental challenge but I am enjoying tackling these. 
“It was vital that I joined a team where I am happy, able to express myself on the pitch and be me. 
“I feel I’ve found that in Forest.”
Naylor has endured a turbulent run of results with the side in her opening month with the club but she explains the team’s morale still remains high.
“Some of the results in recent times haven’t gone the way that we would’ve liked them to, but we have been looking at why that is and considered them as opportunities to learn and an important step in success,” she said.
“Despite this, morale remains high amongst the team with a clear focus still in sight. 
“We’ll continue to work hard, push each other and fight for every point available in order to give ourselves the best possible chance of achieving promotion. 
“For us, it’s important that we bounce back positively next week so we can build momentum and maintain belief.”

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