New Geelong recruit Nicole Garner is enjoying her new surroundings at Catland.
Taken at pick 50 in last year's AFLW draft, Garner has come full circle after appearing at the Cat's first women's talent day back in 2016.
"Very impressed with the club and the facilities and the girls and all the staff," beamed Garner when speaking to the Cats website.
"Such a professional outfit. The feeling around the group is intense, thoroughly enjoying it."
Garner enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign for Casey Demons in the VFLW, playing 13 games in the midfield. The speedster racked up 133 possessions, averaging over 10 per game, and 62 tackles at a tick under five per game.
She will add some much needed run in the middle of the park as well as defensive pressure as the Cats look to make finals for a second season in a row.
Garner, who has yet to play in the AFLW, is hoping to make her debut this year and is working hard to ensure she has a place in the team.
"We are working on my midfield craft," she said. "Being precise with ball movement and really precise with my decision making.
"Doing work on my footwork so I can use my speed to the best of my ability."
Garner has endured a roller coaster ride in her football journey so far. She was a premiership player and a Best & Fairest winner with Gippsland back in 2016, before signing for Cranbourne in the VFLW in 2017 where she regularly made the five hour round trip from her home in Sale.
She signed for Casey for 2018 before a knee injury ruined her season. However she bounced back last year, co-captaing her team and being a consistent performer, earning her spot on her first AFLW list.
Garner admits she was thrilled to go to the Cats, especially enjoying the family atmosphere at the club, considering she is so far away from home.
"Something that stood out to me, heard about it at Geelong, its such a family feel around the club," she explained.
"We were invited to have dinner with the board of directors at Bob Gartland's house, a welcome to the club which made us feel part of the family."
As for her ambitions in 2020, Garner keeps it very simple.
"My goal for this season is to absolutely play a game of AFLW. I want to pull on the hoops.
"It is something I would love to do this season. But just supporting the girls and seeing their first game would be amazing, I can't wait."