With just six weeks until the 2017 season league season gets underway, Aberdeen are going through their pre-season paces ahead of kicking off at home to Spartans on the March 12th.
David Reid caught up with Aberdeen FC Ladies Head coach Stefan Laird ahead of the new campaign to see how prep has been going since the squad returned.
“It’s a long deserved and needed break for the players. It’s great to get all players and staff back together on the training field which is where we belong. We look forward to the 2017 campaign.
“Of course we want to do well in every competition that we are involved in but it’s all about small improvements across the board, in every facet of the game.”
“We’ve got a talented young unit with a sprinkle of key experienced players. It’s about the staff and our experienced players working together to push the younger players on in order to progress as a group. We are highly confident in this group of players.”
“I am looking for the players to work hard between now and the start of the season. They have come back raring to go and the tempo so far in training has been excellent. We must continue in that vein win lose or draw in the coming months.”
“The players showed grit, determination and togetherness in the run in last season, we have a talented bunch here and we will strive to not only consolidate our position but to hopefully improve on it whilst providing some entertaining football. It’s all about hard work with everything pointing towards the 12th March against Spartans.”
“The top three in the league are by no means untouchable and you would like to get as near to them as possible. However, all the sides are capable of taking points from each other.
“The league structure has ensured that it’s ultra-competitive and if you get momentum you never know where you can end up and I think the priority for everyone is staying in the league and when we do that we’ll aim to finish as high as we can.
“Wearing the Aberdeen badge carries a certain level a weight. The players know this and will deliver the effort level the jersey demands, we strive to improve each day and we thank the supporters for their continued encouragement. We look forward to another journey together in 2017.”
Aberdeen has been drawn against Glasgow Girls in the SWPL Cup First Round, with the tie to be played on the 19th February.