As the 2014 season of the Scottish Women’s Premier League looms I think back to this time last year and things couldn’t be more different.
Last year we had a vast amount of experienced players leave for other clubs and also had to deal with the retirement of club captain and our longest-serving player Laura Kennedy.
We were approaching season 2013 with an open mind and had no expectations other than to build and grow as a team. I think this was an opinion shared by our coaches and also from other SWPL clubs.
However, 2013 would be a very successful season and one of our best in the last few years. We finished the season as runners-up in the league, league cup semi-finalists and competed in a very tight Scottish Cup final eventually losing 1-0 to Glasgow City in the dying minutes of the game. We also had international honours with a handful of players in the Scottish Women’s A-squad and U19’s squad with a couple of U19’s getting their first cap in the A-squad.
This season we have a platform to build on and the “youngsters” now have an SWPL campaign under their belt and are far more experienced. We have added three very talented players to our squad this season in Lisa Robertson who returns to the club from Glasgow City, Caroline Heron who is a proven goal scorer and last season’s golden boot winner and youngster Ellis Jenkins who arrives from Spartans. Each of these three adds something different to the team and they have settled in to the “family” atmosphere brilliantly.
We are nearing the end of a very good pre-season having won all of our three friendlies so far, with another to come at the weekend before the season opener (League Cup) against Hutchison Vale next Sunday.
We believe in each other’s abilities and are confident we can start this season as we finished the last and do as good if not better. The talent we have at the club is frightening, I’ve never been involved with a team where there is talent all over the pitch and I truly believe we can do something special with this group of players.