Caitlin Foord says that playing in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for Arsenal has helped her rediscover her love for the game.
The 26-year-old Australian international forward joined The Gunners last year and she has quickly established herself as one of the star players at Meadow Park.
Foord has netted 10 goals in just 17 appearances in her first full season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League while she has also provided five assists.
When speaking in an interview with Football Australia earlier today, Foord said that playing for Arsenal has made her fall back in love with the game following a difficult period.
“It has been good, I have just been enjoying football again,” Foord said. “I am really enjoying myself on and off the field and I have always been a big believer that this reflects on how you perform.
“The last two years before this one, I kind of lost that a little bit. I feel that I have found my love for the game again, how can I not playing under Joe and with the quality players that I have around me day in, day out.”
Foord offers Arsenal plenty of versatility but head coach Joe Montemurro has largely used her in attack. The player went on to say that her success in North London has been helped massively by her coach allowing her to focus on playing in the one position.
“I have just been playing in the one position and I have been able to focus on that position,” Foord said. “It’s repetition after repetition and obviously, being with a group of players day in, day out in one environment, you can really understand how the team want to play and just bring your own qualities to that.
“I have just been able to play freely and express myself.”
Foord is currently away on international duty with the Westfield Matildas. Her nation will come up against Germany and The Netherlands during this international window which means that Foord could line-up against club teammates Leonie Maier, Danielle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema and Jill Roord.
Speaking about the prospect of taking on some familiar faces, Foord said “It will be good to play against them. I haven’t played against them since being teammates so it’ll be good and hopefully, I’ll have the bragging rights.”
Australia face Germany in Wiesbaden on Saturday before travelling to Nijmegen to take on The Netherlands on Tuesday.