BARNSLEY Women’s FC want their new season, which starts today, to be ‘ten times better’ than last season’s relegation battle.
The Reds are due to start their National Women’s League Division One North campaign at Chorley.
In 2021/22, they finished one place and two points above the relegation zone in the fourth tier.
Manager Lois Daniels said: “The aim is to be ten times better than last season.
“It’s a new leaf, new start and I wouldn’t want to put a marker on what my team are capable of.
“Of course we have our own internal goals, but the capabilities of this squad are huge in my eyes.
“The squad and culture we are building is something that looks promising. Our aim is to compete in the league, taking every game as it comes and trusting our own capabilities and take pride in that and wearing the badge each week.
“We will see more consistency, commitment and passion from my team.”
Daniels has enjoyed pre-season training and friendlies. She said: “We are in a really positive place as a team.
“Coming in this year, the biggest thing for me was to set the environment and get the culture right. I feel like the girls have done everything asked and more, they’ve truly been outstanding. I am honestly really excited to watch this team continue to grow, develop and bond over the course of the season and beyond. They’re a special group.”
There have been some changes to the squad. Lois said: “We’ve kept all existing girls, bar two who went off to their final year of university studies.
“Then, analysing the squad, it was a case of adding to give us strength in key areas, add depth and also different characters and some more experience in areas. I am really happy with the additions I’ve brought into the squad.
“Many of them are players I’ve worked with before at previous clubs, but there are a couple who are new to us.
“Collectively, this group brings an enormous amount of character, passion and pride and I have enjoyed watching them on and off the pitch.”