Speaking from a pre-season training camp in Abu Dhabi, Steph gives us her thoughts ahead of the new season.

“We have a massive season ahead of us. We reached the Champions League qualification for the first time ever last season, and we know that we want some silverware this season, so there are high expectations. We want the fans to be a part of that, they are what drives us on in games and the support has been huge – hopefully we can continue to produce the level of football we have done over the last two seasons.

“The expectation that something big is about to happen – you can see it creeping in when we play. Even at Rosengarden, we had 1000 people turn up to support us for a friendly game and it just goes to show that people are interested in watching us play.

“We’ve made some great new signings that have really added to the team and you can see every game that the team as a whole is improving. All the hard work that we put in on the training ground is coming to the forefront so we can produce enjoyable results for the city supporters.

“Our new signings have been great. Our manager is very conscious of who he’s brought in to the club – the environment that has been created here is for a certain type of person and I think he’s found that with Jane Ross. For the likes of Meg Campbell, she is very young but she’s experienced at a national level and it’s a great addition to our squad. The new additions increase the quality of what we already had, and it builds our competitiveness within the squad.

“I’d love to be able to say that we’re going to win this and win that. The most important thing is that we play a style of football that’s attractive, and a style of football that we really believe in. I feel as though we achieve this, and that we are a team that works hard for each other. If you get those things right, you can become the most competitive team in the league and we certainly have the ambition and the mentality there to do so.”

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