For English-born New Zealand international Katie Rood, the last year has been quite a whirlwind.
From joining Juventus for the inaugural season to making her full international debut for New Zealand in front of over 30,000 fans in the United States, she’ll never forget the last 12 months.
“I was just astounded,” said Rood on receiving an offer from the club. “It felt surreal to hear from a club as prestigious as Juventus. I never thought that would happen.”
Rood is one of five internationals contributing to the squad this season and while the transition to Italian life can be taxing at times, she’s settling in well right as spring arrives.
“There’s a lot of good girls in this group who are all a lot of fun,” said Rood. “I live with Katie Zelem and it’s a lot of fun.
“I think [life in Turin] is great. I’ve survived the winter and the sun is out now. The trees are starting to flower and it’s great exploring the city!”
However, the most important focus, of course, is on the pitch. With the first objective, Champions League qualification, achieved, the focus now turns to the league where Rita Guarino’s side is three points ahead of Brescia with an all-important head-to-head matchup scheduled for the first match after the international break on 14 April.
“It’s going to be season-defining. Whoever wins there will be heading towards winning the championship,” said Rood. “It’s going to be tough with players going away with the national teams, but we will come back, re-group and stay focused on it. I think it’ll be a good challenge.”
Watch the full interview with Katie above!