Nottingham Forest’s on-loan star Phoebe Warner is delighted to be able to feature in all of the side’s remaining fixtures for the rest of the season as parent club Aston Villa grants her permission to do so.
Since arriving at the club back in late August Warner has only been eligible to play in the team’s league games but is now available for the side’s remaining FA Women National League Plate games and Nottinghamshire County Cup ties.
Warner expressed her delight of this news: “It is great to know that I can be involved in as many games for Forest as possible.
“I really enjoy every minute on the pitch and that’s down to all of the girls and staff.”
The winger took to the field for the first time of the new year two weeks ago in The Reds’ 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough and it was her first appearance for the team in two months and she explains her frustration of being side-lined.
“It was really hard to not play in the games during the run up to Christmas because of a knee injury,” Warner said.
“But since coming back in the New Year it has felt like I had never been away.
“So, coming back and fitting in after a break wasn’t difficult at all for me.”
Warner helped the side record their fourth consecutive league win and she believes that this form is a ‘reflection’ of the team’s ‘quality football’ they play.
She said: “It is amazing to finally see all the hard work and preparation in training begin to pay off.
“Plus, the results are just a reflection of the quality football that we play.”
Forest are set to face Middlesbrough again this Sunday afternoon as the side look to progress into the semi-finals of the league Plate and Warner is set to make her first cup competition appearance for the club and she’s expecting another tough 90 minutes against the Northern outfit.
“After last game, I am definitely expecting a physical battle, but we are well up for it,” Warner stated.
“We created lots of chances last game and they made it hard for us at times.
“However, we remained patient and our goal came from our confidence and persistence in the final third.”
“The chance to win silverware definitely adds some excitement to the game, it is a different kind of competitiveness, as there has to be a winner.”