“I’m absolutely loving it!”
Four words which reveal the thrill, passion and desire of Sydney FC striker Remy Siemsen of being part of the Matildas’ squad for Wednesday mornings’ 4am clash with Republic of Ireland.
It’s the furthest the 21-year old has been from home on her first ever trip to Europe and she’s is making the most of every minute.
“It’s still a dream come true and it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” she said.
“But it has been such a good environment from the outset and I’m relishing everything I’m learning from girls like Sam Kerr, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy and the others.
“Everyone has been really welcoming and there’s a great vibe.
“I’m looking forward to training every day and I feel I’ve been growing as a player.
“The coaching staff have been amazing and I couldn’t speak more highly of them.”
As winner of three Sydney FC Golden Boots the young forward, who turns 22 in November, is crossing her fingers she gets on the field at Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium.
“I’m really hoping that we can play well as a team and I would love to debut and earn my first cap,” she continued.
“My desire is to get a run but if it doesn’t happen then I feel like I’ve already grown and it’s definitely a win-win for me.
“I’m just honoured to be part of the environment.”
Siemsen arrived in Dublin last Sunday night and says it has been a non-stop ride ever since, including getting over the jetlag.
“We went straight into training on the Monday afternoon and it has been intense.
“I’ve never been to Europe before, so it has been a struggle to sleep-in but I’m finally over that now thankfully.
“We had last Friday off so it was a good day to relax, have some treatment and let the body clock get back in check.
“We managed to go out and do some sight-seeing and went to Malahide Castle & Gardens which was nice.
“They’ve been sending love and support and it’s definitely been felt that’s for sure.
“It’s beautiful football weather here, not too hot, but we’ve got a bit of the sun as well.
“The city is beautiful and there’s a lot of history. It’s still crazy I’m here in Europe, and I’m very grateful and just taking it day by day.”
Remy will remain in Europe until the Matildas’ next camp which is set to take place in October.
She will join fellow Matilda and Sydney FC Player of the Year 2020-21 Clare Wheeler in Denmark and train at Fortuna Hjørring along with a number of other Australian players.