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Interview with Katie Middleton

19 March 2020

Life-long Red Katie Middleton racked up her 50th appearance for the club during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Fylde.

Reflecting on reaching the milestone, the 18-year-old expressed her joy at achieving the impressive feat.

Middleton said: “It feels fantastic to have reached 50 appearances for this club.

“I’m very grateful to be included in the team selections and I’ll keep working hard to make sure it continues.”

The forward started Sunday’s win and played a part in helping the side secure the huge away victory and she explained that getting the three points made her 50th appearance ‘extra rewarding.’

“It was a tough game especially away from home,” Middleton said.

“But we battled and worked hard for the three points and we defended really well to get a clean sheet too which was huge for us. 

“We want three points every game so to do that on my 50th appearance was extra rewarding.”

The young winger only made her bow into senior football 19 months ago and she says she never saw herself reaching this many appearances so quickly when she made her debut back in 2018.

Middleton said: “You can never predict what will happen in a season.

“I’ve been extremely lucky in not having any major injuries, which has enabled me to keep working hard in training and made me available for team selection on match days.

“So, I’m very pleased to have reached this milestone.”

Despite being only 18-years-old Middleton currently sits as the fifth most appearance holder in the Garibaldi but she doesn’t see herself as an experienced member of the squad.

She said: “I really don’t think of myself as an experienced player.

“I’m always learning from everyone in the team, and the coaches. 

“I’ve still got lots to learn and lots to give.”

The Nottingham native also looked forward to future and she explained that one day she hopes to hit 200 appearances for The Reds.

Middleton said: “To being close to hit 200 appearances for Lyndsey Harkin and Annabelle McKechnie is a great achievement and one I aim to equal one day. 

“Having experienced players in the squad is essential for improving my performance on the pitch and they keep me on my toes too.”

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