Sarah Robson helped Northern Ireland to a first major tournament this week – and caught up with the club upon her return to Maiden Castle.
The midfielder was a key part of the side that achieved a place at the 2022 European Championships after a play-off win over Ukraine.
And Robson says she is delighted to have left a legacy for those who will follow in her footsteps in years to come.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” she admitted.
“And I don’t think it will until the build-up starts or maybe until September when we play World Cup qualifiers.
“Maybe that’s when it will sink in that we’re going to the Euros.
“It’s been a long time coming. The amounts of sacrifices and setbacks over the years, the times we’ve been nowhere near this – to be in this position now, it’s as if the weight of the world is off our shoulders.
“Now we can leave a legacy when I retire and when the rest of the older girls retire.”
“It’s been unbelievable,” she continued.
“My grandma, it’s probably the first game she’s ever watched in her life. She’s just been called non-stop by everyone in the country saying well done.
“My sister can’t even go to the local shop because she keeps getting asked about it!”
Now back with Durham, Robson is busy preparing for this weekend’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup tie at Everton.
And the midfielder is relishing the chance to test herself against more top quality opposition.
“I cannot wait.
“On Tuesday night, this was always in the back of my mind – so the first think I drank after the game was a protein shake just so I was ready for Sunday!
“I’m really looking forward to it and I think it’s something good to come back to, that we’ve got this massive game against massive opposition with a lot of players who have been away this week playing for the top nations in the world.”