Evergreen Eagles Ladies FC are thrilled with the unprecedented squad depth they have this season, says captain Sam Takis.
Takis (pictured), who has been club captain for the last two seasons, says there’s a quality and depth in the Eagles squad which could only be dreamed of in her first eight years at the club.
Their new manager is the Evergreen FC chairman himself, Mark Ward (pictured). He took over from former manager Chris Smith in mid-October and, according to Takis, has already had a huge impact on the players.
She explained: “Mark’s still very new in terms of managing the team, but the professionalism he brings and the clarity in what he expects from us means we’re already on track to achieve our goals. It’s down to us to implement what he wants.
“It’s so positive to have the person highest up at the club working with us daily – it really pushes you.
“Chris (Smith) did an amazing job getting us to the level we’re at now; he had to leave mainly due to work commitments, but he’s been at our last two matches to support us which is great, and we appreciate all the work he put in.
“The rest is up to us as players. We have 28 players in this team; cover in almost every position. Last season, we struggled at points to scrape 11 onto the pitch. So now the only problem we have squad-wise are picking who plays and finding the best 11 for each match, which isn’t a bad problem to have at all.”
Despite a sluggish start, Takis is under no illusions as to what the Eagles’ objective is this season.
“We want to be fighting for promotion,” she said. “We’ve started slowly but we’ll overcome it.”
New manager Mark said: “I am delighted to be joining Evergreen Eagles as their new manager for the season. This is my first foray into seniors’ football after running teams from U8 to U18 at Evergreen, but a challenge I am looking forward to.
“Whilst it`s early days, I have been really pleased with the commitment shown by the players and their desire to improve and have a successful season.
“My target for the season is to develop the players, continue to look to strengthen the squad and getting us playing an attractive brand of football, as well of having some fun along the way, and there is no reason why this team should not be challenging for promotion.”