Liv Cook was named as one of the two Young Players of the Season on Saturday evening as she enjoyed a fine debut season for Nottingham Forest Women.
Reflecting on winning the award, Cook said: “I am so unbelievably grateful to have been awarded with this.
“Having come into the team as a new and young face I have learnt so much from all the girls and the staff, particularly from my centre-back partner Lyndsey Harkin, which I believe has allowed me to develop significantly in such a short space of time.
“There's an abundance of young talent in this team and so many young players have shown their quality and worked hard to make an impact so I am incredibly grateful for this award.”
The 19-year-old was named Young Player of the Season alongside Bex Rayner and she explains how this makes the award even more special.
Cook said: "I grew up at Leeds academy one age group behind Bex and never quite got to play with her but always admired her talent.
“So, I am honoured to be considered in the same category as her.
“This season we finally got to play together and I've loved every minute, she has so much quality and composure for such a young player.
“I can’t help but think our car journey playlist has contributed to this,” she added light-heartedly.
This was Cook’s first season for The Reds but it unfortunately will not count in the record books as The FA expunged the 2019-20 season because of the Covid-19 outbreak. But the defender states that the side are still proud of what was achieved.
“We’re still massively proud,” Cook said. “It may not count officially but it counts a great deal to us.
“We have done well in the league but we have also learnt a lot as individuals and as a team that the points and stats don’t necessarily show and we have come on leaps and bounds since the start of the season.
“Though it’s disappointing we didn't get to finish the season off, I think considering how new the team was to begin with, what we have achieved in such a short space of time is impressive and we can’t wait to continue proving ourselves in the future.”
With the 2019-20 season coming to an abrupt end, Cook explains how this fuels next season’s motivation.
She said: “We had a stalled start to 2020 with a lot of cancelled games, and had so much to prove going forward.
“When the season was cut short we were ready to kick on.
“That momentum is what we want to carry forward, as players and as a club we had set ourselves goals that we wanted to achieve and the season coming to a close doesn't alter that, if anything it amplifies our desire to achieve them.
“We're eager to kick-start the next campaign.”