Nicki Gears has thanked Durham Women for their ongoing support after sustaining an ACL injury.
The pacy forward unfortunately saw her 2020/21 season cut short after a knee operation, and will now begin her rehabilitation process with the care and support of the club’s medical team.
After the initial injury was diagnosed, an operation was quickly arranged and successfully completed at the Spire Washington.
Then, to ensure the striker could purely focus on her recovery without worrying about her future, the club extended her contract by a year.
And Gears was quick to thank everyone involved with the Wildcats for their support during a difficult period.
“It’s been a frustrating season for me,” she admitted.
“I had a bit of a niggle, and after some exploration we got the diagnosis and the club paid for me to have an operation.
“With the whole COVID situation, it was harder and the club went above and beyond and I’m very thankful that they did that.
“When you’ve got the support there, it doesn’t only support physically but mentally too,” she continued.
“I know I’ve got people around me to support me and the girls and staff at the club would have done anything if I needed it.
“Tom [O’Neill, strength and conditioning coach] in the gym will help with any work I need to do and if I need Nat [Gutteridge, club physiotherapist] she’s there in a heartbeat.
“It’s good to have people around you like that who can support you.”
While Gears will sadly be absent for the majority of the 2021/22 FA Women’s Championship campaign, she will remain under contract to extinguish any off-field uncertainty.
It’s something the forward herself is extremely grateful for.
“That means a lot,” she added.
“I know that the club are there for me and they have been there for me for the last six years of my life.
“It’s nice to know that a club is there for you through injuries.
“They didn’t have to renew my contract, but it’s nice to know that they want me here even though I’m not available to play.”