Hannah Cain hopes to overcome recent niggles and help Everton Ladies fulfil a “massively exciting future”.
The forward was forced off through injury to her ankle in the Blue Girls’ most recent outing against Chelsea and has had to overcome other minor injuries as she adapts to the demands of full-time professional football.
But the ex-Sheffield FC youngster is looking forward to returning to action sooner rather than later.
“Luckily the injury wasn’t as serious as first feared,” she said. “There is no break and after the scan we knew what we were dealing with so we could plan rehab accordingly.
“I have had a few niggles since I have arrived so it has been frustrating. I got over the initial one but then when I was supposed to go away with England Under-23s for the Nordic Tournament, I picked up another.
“It has been stop-start for me this season which hasn’t been ideal, especially when you come into a new club. But I have been working hard in training to try and make up for lost time.
“I got myself into the starting line-up for the Chelsea game and I felt I was putting in a good performance. But obviously something out of my control has happened and I’ve had to go off.
“But that’s just another little set-back – I have overcome bigger things so I’ll do that again.”
Cain was displaying all the qualities that persuaded Andy Spence to bring her in over the summer during the 0-0 draw with the reigning WSL champions, her first start for the Club.
But the England youth international cites the performance of the team against Chelsea as reason enough that there is plenty to be optimistic about within the Everton ranks, as they prepare to welcome Brighton to the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Sunday.
“I’m massively excited about the future we have here,” she added. “The way we set up and the formation we want to employ it suits the players that were brought in and the ones already here.
“Obviously there is a little bit of adaption needed but it has made us a lot better and we carry more of a threat going forward.
“That will help us score more goals this season and hopefully win more games. More often than not this season we have been solid defensively for the most part. It is about adding those finishing touches and scoring goals.
“I want to help with that. I’m happy playing anywhere in the attack and at wing-back in the system that we play. I have been a winger for most of my life but I started out through the middle.
“I am just excited about what the season is going to bring. Chelsea was our best performance yet and we were unlucky to only get a point.
“Brighton will be a strong team and we can’t underestimate them. Hope Powell is a very good manager and it will be a tough test.
“But the girls have been putting in the work and everyone is thriving in a positive environment. We are in a really good place at the moment.”