The Check In: Karly Roestbakken looks back on first season abroad

In our latest instalment of The Check In, we catch up with Norwegian based Karly Roestbakken whose LSK Kvinner played their UEFA Champions League Round of 32 match on Wednesday night (AEDT).

A whirlwind season full of excitement and challenges has met Roestbakken in her first move abroad as her side’s Toppserien campaign came to an end last weekend.

Her first season overseas has been an eye-opener with plenty of teaching moments to take away from the new experience.

“I’ve really enjoyed my first time overseas and that’s why I’ve decided to sign on because I want to stay here,” Roestbakken said.

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“It’s been quite challenging trying to find my feet a little bit and try to get consistent game time and try to find my best spot in this team.

“The team has been great, so I’ve really enjoyed it.”

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 The 19-year-old added: “You really need to believe in yourself and be patient and work really hard.”

"You’re playing football to have fun as well and don’t put much pressure on yourself, enjoy every single moment of it because a lot people don’t get this opportunity to be in another country and experience a different culture.

“Living here is amazing and a lot people can’t say they’ve done that.”

Injury ruled out Roestbakken of her side’s UEFA Champions League clash on Wednesday night which saw them claim a 2-0 win against Belarusian side FC Minsk.

Like many, the Westfield Matilda has been a long-term admirer of the competition and depending on her recovery, she could be a part of it come next Thursday when they entertain Minsk in the return leg.

“The Champions League is one of the biggest competitions in the world. I follow the men’s a lot. Now, so obviously following the women’s and seeing all the Aussie girls in it last year, it was amazing to see,” she said.

It’s a major tournament and it’s so exciting to be involved in it. Just to be around it is a huge honour, it’s been a goal of mine for ages.”

“It’s such a big tournament and to be able to play in it is honestly incredible, to be able to say: ‘I played in the Champions League’, that’s another thing and then to go and say: ‘ I won the Champions League’, that’s another.”