Ladies Reserves in FocusDate: 01 September 2017 at 12:24 by Joe Hughes
The girls have worked hard during pre season and in particular over the last couple of weeks when we have had all of the squad back together again. I have been impressed by the girls attitude towards the fitness side of pre season and feel this is going to be of real benefit to them going forward into the season. We have implemented a new system during pre season and I am looking forward to seeing how individuals and the team develop within our new system.
I am happy with the squad we have in place for the season and feel there is a good mix of characters within the dressing room. We have some young girls within the squad and I will be looking for the older girls to lead the way and set the high standards we expect at CULFC throughout the season. I am keen to strengthen the link with U18s this season, so we could see some of them making the step up to reserve team football throughout the season.
Rachel Mason will be our captain this season. Rachel is one of the older players within the group and I feel she can help develop the younger players by leading the way in terms of attitude, application and desire. She is a strong character who I believe can have an influence within the dressing room, something I very much look for in a captain.
I want to see all of the girls develop throughout the season and really push themselves towards the next level which would be first team football. I don't want to see any of the girls settle for reserve team football. I expect us to be competitive in every match that we play and I am excited to see how well this group can do this season. With the right attitude and desire from all of the girls I feel the team can be highly successful this season.
I feel we are well prepared for Sunday. The girls have worked hard all summer and now it is time to take that hard work into the season. We had a pre season friendly on Wednesday night, which meant that a lot of the girls could get some minutes in for Sunday. Leicester away will be a difficult test for us, but I believe we can come away with both a positive performance and result to get our season underway.
I have throughly enjoyed my first experience of working with a senior squad and this group of players. Although initially appointed to the position of Assistant Manager, I am extremely proud and excited to be now made Manager of the Reserves. CULFC is a club that is making great strides forward on and off the pitch and I am grateful to be given the opportunity to be part of it. I can't wait to get the season underway on Sunday!