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Nat Johnson speaks

8 August 2020

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Defender Nat Johnson says seeing how well the team did on their way to a second-place finish last season was a big motivation in joining the club from Leicester City.

The Northern Ireland international has spent most of her career with the Foxes but has swapped blue for red and white ahead of the new season, and she's already settling in to her surroundings.

"I've had a really good first few weeks, I've really enjoyed it. It's been so welcoming which has been great and I'm buzzing to be a part of the club.

"For me it was about seeing how competitive the team was last season and what a hard-working, professional group they are and I wanted to be a part of that."

Like everyone, Johnson has had to watch on and wait after the 2019/20 campaign got prematurely curtailed in March, but she's been delighted to get back on the training pitch and to get to know her new team mates, although some of them are familiar faces.

"It's been so good to have a football back at my feet. The individual training was good because it gave me a soft introduction to the team and it was a bit more focused in small groups but it's been great to get on the ball now too.

"I know Maddy Cusack, Mel Johnson and I know Becky Flaherty from Northern Ireland so it hasn't felt too strange!"

Johnson becomes the team's third signing of the summer and like fellow new arrival Ellie Wilson, Johnson is also a player who can play all across the defence as well as in the defensive midfield role.

"I'm a hard-working, committed, gritty sort of player. I'll put my body on the line for the team. I'm versatile and can play across quite a few positions, but I think hard-working and committed is what I'm about.

"Last season I played full-back, centre-back and defensive midfield, but I've got a defensive brain so it's not too bad! Hopefully that versatility is nothing but a positive when it comes to strengthening the squad."

With the season set to get under way in four weeks, Johnson's first home game for the club is set to be against her former club who she made over 100 competitive appearances for when Leicester come to the Proact on September 13th.

With several teams set to fight it out for promotion to the FA Women's Super League, Johnson believes the team have to concentrate on themselves and their own targets for the new campaign.

"The girls have already been talking about how competitive it will be this season but that doesn't change our goals and our aims to go one better than last year.

"I don't think we'll take our foot off the pedal, I think we'll just push harder. Unfinished business is the best way to put it. Everyone just wants to carry on that good work from last season and push on again."

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