Cambridge United Women have professional outlook for new campaign
U's get ready for big kick-off in FA Women's National League
Sean Greygoose is hoping that a more professional approach will serve Cambridge United Women well in the FA Women’s National League, South East Division One this season.
The U’s ended in mid-table last season, with Greygoose and Kevin Hoover taking over to steady the ship during the campaign after the departure of Steve Evans.
Greygoose has now become head coach and Hoover the manager and they have been working to create a different feel to the club.
“What we’ve tried to do this year is make the club as a whole a more professional environment,” said Greygoose.
“We’ve brought a number of new faces in and worked really hard over the summer to bring in players that we feel will help boost the team not only professionally but the quality within the team.
“We’ve tried to restructure what we’re doing from the inside out, so a lot of change for the current and new players joining us.
“What we felt was that the group of players we had last year were good, but at the same time, it wasn’t as professional as it should have been.
“Speaking to other clubs and people that play at a higher level, what we noticed was this wasn’t how it should be, it’s not a local team that’s just playing for the fun of it, it is to be competitive.
“We’ve adopted, within what we had and bringing the new players in, a more professional attitude to it and an understanding of why we’re there, what we’re doing and the purpose of everything we do.
“The girls have brought into it; the new layout, the new structure, the new responsibility we have put on them.”
There has been a two-fold approach to new additions, which has been shaped in part by the U’s reserve team moving from the Eastern Region League into the National Women’s Development League to give them sterner competition as they will be up against the likes of Spurs development, Watford and MK Dons.
“We’ve brought in a lot of new younger players for that,” said Greygoose. “What we’ve also gone for is some players locally such as Becky Sheppard from Royston, who we kept an eye on last year and fits our profile of player, scoring a lot of goals and the way we will play fits in nicely.
“We’ve also gone for more experience like Vicky Neal, who has signed from Watford.
“We look at our side and we’ve got Vicky Neal, Amy Howlett, Kelley Blanchflower that have all played higher levels.”
Greygoose is tempering expectations for the campaign, but is hoping that after numerous mid-table finishes, they can break into the upper echelons.
“We’re not going to say we’re going to win the league, it’s a very open league and anybody could win it,” he said. “We just want to challenge for the top spots in the league and be competitive in all the competitions we enter and all the games we play.”