Arsenal Women

Quinn – I want to challenge myself here

Louise Quinn is ready for the challenge ahead after signing a contract extension.

The 26-year-old Ireland international's extended stay was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon - and she is now immediately turning her attention to the forthcoming Women's Super League season.

Louise spoke to Arsenal Player after signing her new deal - and this is what she said:

on how she feels to have signed an extension…

It’s great to be back now. After getting a bit of a stint just before in the Spring Series, I really got a taste for it and was just itching to get back. Thankfully, I got another contract offer and I just want to get start with the season now.

on what made her want to stay…

I think it was just everything from when you arrive here, the professionalism of the club and a great bunch of girls. The ambition to win and to want to win trophies, I think it’s something where I want this challenge as well. This is something that for me I want to do to challenge myself, push myself and see if I can prove myself in the league. It was something that I definitely wanted to get stuck back into.

on Notts County folding and how that was at the time…

It was very tough. I thought at that stage I was just getting going with another team and had goals there. But unfortunately that situation happened. Luckily, then Arsenal happened at the right time and I was able to come into the squad and just fit in straight away and get stuck into the training. I got a bit of game time as well which was great. Coming in at short notice, it was a bit unpredictable, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. But in the end, it all worked out for the best.

on her debut and scoring twice…

I remember it being a tough start for us, going down 1-0 and just watching from the bench you could see that we were sometimes getting a grip of the game and then sometimes not. In my head I always feel like I’m ready to come on and they gave me that time to get my head around it, that I was coming on, and straightaway I just wanted to make an impact. Obviously I do think defensively about things but I know when it comes to set-pieces that I’m up there for a reason and I can be a target. That was it, Jordan puts in some great balls and it’s hard not to put your head on the end of some of them.

on her hopes for the season…

The hopes for the team is just to win games, win trophies, perform well and personally as well for me, it’s just to try to first of all get into that starting XI, put in good performances, be a team player and just go on to win and hopefully lead the team and be a voice there as well. I just want to really push on and get started and I think we have massive potential to do that for the coming season.

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