Moving across the country and away from family and friends can be a tough transition but it’s been a smooth move for Perth Glory star Nicola Bolger.
The 24-year-old made the switch from Sydney FC to Glory ahead of the Westfield W-League 2017/18 Season and has been a shining light in the side’s surge to the top of the ladder.
She scored on her club debut and has provided a great base in the middle of the park to allow the likes of Sam Kerr and Rachel Hill to do their thing.
“For me personally it’s been a big change coming over here on and off the field, but I’m in a super-good place,” Bolger said.
“The lifestyle over here is awesome.
“Perth really encompasses Australia as a whole in my opinion, because it’s got a bit of everything, the coast is great and so are the people.
“Bobby [coach Bobby Despotovski] and Jessine [Bonzas] have been so great to work with from the first day I arrived at the club at the beginning of pre-season," she added.
“I can’t speak highly enough of how they are with the team, the way they run the training sessions and the rest of the staff work really well together. I think that’s been translating to the positive results on the pitch so far.”
Bolger has made six appearances for the Westfield Matildas and – like most of Australia – Has been blown away by the team’s success in 2017.
And she believes it’s the exploits of Alen Stajcic’s side that has played a key role in improving the Westfield W-League.
“I think it’s been a steady incline and I really think the development has been on the back of the success of the Matildas," Bolger said.
"From winning the Asian Cup in 2010, to a successful World Cup campaign in Canada, to winning the recent Tournament of Nations, they’ve been amazing and have helped put Australian women’s football on the map.
“They continue to draw media attention and new fans to the league and that can only benefit the competition.”
Glory had the bye last weekend and Bolger had something special lined up for the free weekend.
“Funnily enough I was going to stay in Perth but my family are actually going to be on Family Feud," she revealed.
“Mum kept joking that she was going to sign us up for it, but then she got the e-mail the other day for filming.
"It’ll be nice to link up with the family and have a bit of downtime, just on national television this time!”