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NAPIER REFLECTS ON A SUCCESSFUL START TO HER HIBERNIAN CAREER

NAPIER REFLECTS ON A SUCCESSFUL START TO HER HIBERNIAN CAREER

By: Hibernian Media on 12 Jul, 2018 09:05

After joining Hibernian from SBS SWPL rivals Celtic before the start of the 2018 campaign, Jamie-Lee Napier has enjoyed a fruitful start to life in Edinburgh.

The versatile wide player already has a trophy to her name, the SWPL Cup, after a 9-0 demolition of her former side. As well as this, Napier has scored some crucial goals in the biggest games such as her opener against Glasgow City and the goal which started Hibs’ comeback against Celtic recently.

We caught up with Hibs’ No. 3 to gather her thoughts on the campaign so far, settling into the team and her personal ambitions.

How would you summarise your first few months at Hibernian?

“My first few months have been exciting. I feel that I have improved in many aspects whether that is adding goals to my game or improving technically. It’s a really competitive atmosphere which is great as you always need to work hard. The girls and staff have been really welcoming and I feel at home here at Hibs. I’m happy to be a part of such a great group and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

How quickly did you settle into the team when you first joined?

“I feel that I settled into the team quickly and really well. I knew the majority of the girls before moving and I was quite close with some of them so that made it a lot easier. All of the girls and coaching staff were really welcoming when I first joined Hibs.”

What was your motivation for moving to Hibernian from Celtic?

“My motivation for moving to Hibs was to be a part of a team with that winning mentality. I want to win trophies and play in the Champions League but, more importantly, I want to improve and become better and better.”

We’ve seen you score some goals in big games, was this something you’ve looked to add to your game?

“It’s always a good feeling to score, especially in the big games, and this is indeed something I have looked to add to my game. I want to aim to get on the scoresheet as much as I can and help influence the game with that either being assists or goals.”

What has been your highlight so far?

“My highlight so far was probably winning the SWPL Cup. It was an amazing feeling to win my first ever senior silverware. It was a day I’ll never forget. Another highlight is when I scored against Glasgow City because it was such a close, exciting game and I was just buzzing that I could help contribute to the team’s amazing performance.”

What are you hoping to achieve personally and as a team in the second half of the season?

“Personally, I want to keep improving and get better and better. I want to help contribute to the team’s performances whether that’s with goals or assists. As I said, it was good to win the SWPL Cup but our aim as a team and me personally is to go for the treble. We want to push for the league title and we know we are more than capable of doing so, we just need to keep working hard.”

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