It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Sydney FC attacker Paige Satchell. The New Zealand international recently returned from the US after participating in the ‘She Believes Cup.’
Satchell was put straight into the side for Sydney FC’s crucial match against Adelaide United which saw them take out the Premier’s Plate and the young Kiwi turned in a stunning performance to help her side to victory.
Satchell however, is remaining grounded and is determined to help her side into the Grand Final with a huge Semi-Final clash on Friday night against Melbourne City.
“I had been back for a week and I had a couple of days off which I think were crucial for me coming back from the ‘She Believes Cup’ in the United States. It allowed me to recover from the jet lag.”
“As a team, we want to do the double so it was great to grab the Premier’s Plate, but we want the Championship.”
“I saw that Cortnee Vine came off in the game before so in my mind I knew that I could be playing so in my mindset I was preparing myself as best as possible to play.”
“I found out the day before the game that Cortnee wouldn’t be traveling with us down to Adelaide so I knew I would probably be playing. I was excited for the opportunity, especially with what was at stake for the team and to get the win made it sweet. I was so happy.”
“I spoke to Cortnee and it was disappointing for the team to not have her thereafter the game because she’s been such an important player for us and we wanted to celebrate with her but we spoke after the game and she’s been very supportive for me and the team. She congratulated me on my performance which she didn’t have to do but it just goes to show how close we are as a team.”
“It’s good that we have so much depth here in this team. I think it’s been helping a lot, especially in training. It would be great to start but I’m here to play my part for this team, whether it will be starting or coming on as an impact player.”
“Whatever Ante decides for the team I will be happy to play that role. It’s a big game for us so we want to get the win first. It’s all about the team first.”