Sørensen: Everton Is My Home

Nicoline Sørensen has expressed how Everton has become like family to her as she embarks on her fourth year in Royal Blue.

The Denmark international agreed a one-year extension earlier this summer and explained the Club has become her ‘second home’.

“I’m so happy to stay here and to continue on for at least another year,” Sørensen told evertontv.

“It has become my second home, I feel like it is my family here now and I’m just so happy to stay here, to keep developing [individually] and keep developing as a team.

“I feel what we have going on here is definitely going in the right direction.

“I believe in the project that Brian [Sørensen] has, and the staff have for us.

“I feel like last year was a really good year for us in terms of starting the process and hopefully we can continue that this year and I’m really happy to be a part of that journey.”

The 26-year-old forward made her comeback from a long-term knee injury during the second half of last season, scoring twice and registering four assists.

That impressive run of form only fuelled her desire to continue in an Everton jersey under the reign of boss Brian Sørensen.

“I got around six months before the season ended, and it's important for me to keep playing, keep developing, keep pushing myself after coming back from my injury,” she continued.

“The last six months of last season were really good for me in terms of getting back into football and being with the team again, but I’m still hungry to push and get better.

“Hopefully we can get even closer to the top four. [In order to achieve that] I think the foundation has to be right and the basics have to be right for us to compete and I think we did that really well last season, and we just need to build on that.

“We’re going to take every game one hundred per cent seriously and we’re going to go for a win every single time. Hopefully that and the defensive foundations we had last season will help us build.”

Sørensen’s dream of playing in a Women’s World Cup came to fruition when she helped Denmark reach the knockout stage for the first time in 28 years this summer.

It provided an unforgettable experience that has inspired her to improve even further.

“It was fantastic, a big dream come true, and it was unbelievable to be a part of it,” Sørensen said.

“I still feel I’m taking all of the things in around it. It takes some time for it to settle in and to actually feel how it felt to be there, but it was unbelievable.

“Coming back, we’ve had a couple of weeks off, which I think is really important in terms of reloading the batteries, but then when you’ve achieved something big, I think it makes you hungry for more, so that’s definitely how I feel as well.”

Everton return to Women’s Super League action next month as they look to build on their top-six finish achieved last season.

One of the early fixtures is a trip to Anfield for the Merseyside derby, with the Blues earning their first points last term in an impressive 3-0 win over Liverpool.

Blues forward Sørensen watched on from the stands having missed out through injury but is desperate to play a part this time around.

“I can't wait,” she added. “I remember it was just such a big goal of mine to be a part of that game and unfortunately it didn’t really go that way.

“It’s going to be really special to be a part of. Luckily, I was a part of it when we played at Goodison against them but it's going to be cool to try on the other side as well.

“Hopefully we can see as many Blues as we can get in [at the away end]. They’re going to make it even more special.”