Georgia Hewitt was delighted to win the Manager’s Player of the Season award at the weekend after she played an instrumental role for Nottingham Forest Women throughout the campaign.
Reflecting on picking up the honour, Hewitt said: “I’m still absolutely over the moon with it.
“I’ve never really won an award as such before so it’s an incredible honour to have won and one I’m so proud of.
“I’m sure it was tough pickings for the coaching staff as I think everyone would have been up there as every single player has been class this season.
“Obviously being a part of this team is something special and I’ve said before we strive in making each other not only better players but better people, so without my teammates and the coaches I wouldn’t have been able to push myself and perform the way I have.
“It helps when you have players like Lyndsey Harkin and Sophie Walton to play alongside and learn from, they’ve been at the top level before so I constantly take on board what they’re saying to me and how they’re playing the game.”
After being an unused substitute in the side’s opening game of the season back in August, Hewitt then went on to feature in every remaining game as she racked up the most appearances for The Reds last season. This was another feat that Hewitt was pleased to accomplish.
“If I look back to my previous seasons I’ve always been a rotation player so I haven’t really been a player who picks up many appearances,” the 25-year-old explained.
“So, to be a part of the starting 11 as much as I have is a proud moment and one I’ve worked hard for.
“I remember going to a presentation with Andy Cook and a few other players for the RTC and I got asked a question about work ethic, the answer I gave has stuck with me and made me really determined throughout the season and will do for seasons to come.
“I answered along the lines of I want to become a player that the coaching staff turn to for their starting 11 and always put my name down without hesitation and I think that only comes from your work ethic, willingness to learn and consistency.
“Hopefully I can take my efforts from the voided season into the next one and cement a place in the starting 11.”
The 2019-20 season came to a premature end back in March as The FA expunged The Reds’ current campaign due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Before this the side were enjoying their most successful season in recent years as they were eyeing promotion and Hewitt explains how gutting it is to never know how the it could’ve ended.
The defender said: “Absolutely we’re still proud of it.
“We’re gutted that the season has come to an end and that we won’t be able to see where our efforts could have taken us but to have already surpassed the points tally from last season so early on is an achievement in itself and a clear representation of what this squad has the potential to do.
“We’re all just really excited to get back to pre-season, whenever that may be, and hit the ground running early on so we can accomplish more than we did in this voided season.”
Looking ahead to the new campaign Hewitt states the side’s focus is gaining promotion to the FA Women’s Championship.
She said: “The beginning of the season our goal was set out clearly and that was promotion, that goal hasn’t changed.
“I’d say we are all more determined than ever, we hit a few bumps in the road at the beginning of the campaign so next season I think we all want to start quick out the gates and get the points on the board early.
“We can use this expunged season as a trial league of what we did well and didn’t do well.
“We’ve played against majority of the teams so we know what they’re about and equally they know what we’re about, which will make it a challenging league that we can’t wait to be a part of and battle for that top spot position.”