London City Lionesses forward Kyra Carusa has made an impressive impact since her switch from HB Koge in January.
The Republic of Ireland international has broken into the starting eleven and already has a pair of goal contributions to her name. She also came within inches of adding to her tally against Bristol City, striking the post with a second-half volley.
On Thursday [23 March], Carusa spoke with reporters about London City's recent form, the squad's overall mode, and her start to life in England.
Here is every word the 27-year-old said.
You’ve had a few days to reflect on the win over Bristol City – how is the mood in the camp?
There are always good vibes within the team after a win, but especially this one. I feel like it’s just building on the good feelings we’ve had for the past few weeks now, reflecting on our efforts in training and preparation for gamedays.
There is just renewed feeling of confidence and resilience – almost a reminder in our ability as a team that we are unstoppable when we are on the same page – after the result at the weekend.
You played an important role in the win, it must give you confidence heading into the final stretch of the season…
It’s a great feeling. As a player, you want to be on the pitch in any capacity you can to help the team and affect the game – and I feel great about that.
I feel really good about the last two weeks, being able to come in and affect so much. I think the biggest thing for me is that I feel that I can help the team keep the confidence levels high because our ability is incredible and our work ethic is there and every Sunday is a fight.
I’m really humbled and honoured to be able to come into the team in the middle of the season and have the chance to affect the outcome of the field.
What are your expectations ahead of Durham?
I would say it’s just like the last few weeks in terms of continuing to build on our confidence and ability and taking care of what we can. It’s just a non-negotiable among us that we need to get three points at the end of the day and it still feels great because of how we’re working as a team in training.
It gives us so much confidence about our ability to come away with the points we need from a tough away game.
Finally, it’s your first overnight stay with London City, is that something you’re looking forward to?
We’ll head to Durham on Saturday and stay over. It’s been so incredibly easy for me to integrate and feel like part of the team as a player and a person – and that’s a testament to the people here and how cohesive the unit is.
They’ve been so willing to bring me in and make me feel like I’ve been here since the beginning. I’ve enjoyed all of the time I’ve spent with the team and [an away game] is a great way to bond with the group.
While we’d rather be at home and it isn’t going to be an easy game, there is a sense of camaraderie and teamwork that goes into a long road trip. I’m sure we’re going to play plenty of games and we’re all going to be super competitive. I’m excited; it’ll be a good thing to experience for the first time.