Ahead of their postponed SWPL Cup First Round game against Glasgow Girls, Aberdeen has announced Chloe Fitzpatrick as captain for the upcoming 2017 season.
Fitzpatrick has been with the club for a number of years now and is looking forward to leading both on and off the pitch in her new role.
“I feel honoured to have been asked to be captain this season and I want to thank the management and players for the opportunity and hopefully I can take the club forward.
“We have a good balance in the squad just now. There are five experienced players and a couple of young players such as Shannon McGregor, Donna Paterson and Lauren Gordon and hopefully, the older players can be role models.”
Last season, Aberdeen were caught in a relegation battle and eventually finished seventh. Whilst Fitzpatrick believes Aberdeen can challenge for one of the top spots in the SWPL 1, she is under no delusion about how difficult the challenge will be.
“We are looking to consolidate our place in the league this season. On our day we can challenge anyone as we have a good bunch of girls and play some good football. If you go on a run of games then because it’s a small league there’s nothing stopping you from finishing high.”
When asked about how she will approach the role of captaincy, Fitzpatrick referenced the two women who captained the club last season. Rachel Small started the season as captain before moving to Hibernian with Nikki Smith taking over.
“Every captain has their own ways of doing things. Rachel Small was good for the younger guys to look up to and Nikki (Smith) is a laugh in the changing room. I am looking to combine the two during my time as captain. I’m there if the players need to speak to me.”
Aberdeen’s Head Coach Stefan Laird is delighted Fitzpatrick will be wearing the armband.
“Chloe is highly experienced and respected in the changing room and on the pitch. Chloe has driven the players on during pre-season training and this is a natural role for her to take on. Chloe is a terrific mentor for our younger players and let’s not forget a key player for us on the field.
“I’ve got no doubt she’ll represent the club fantastically in her role and we as staff look forward to working closely with Chloe.”