Derby County Ladies Football Club

Griffiths Names Ewe Rams Squad

Derby County Ladies Boss Sam Griffiths has released her squad numbers ahead of the season, amid what she describes as the most talented Ewe Rams squad she has seen, as she prepares for the upcoming 2019/20 FA National League Northern Division season.

Naming a squad of 22 players, the list see’s 13 players from last season’s squad retain their place with 7 new faces in the squad and two additions from the Development Team and Griffiths says the talent on show this season will be mouthwatering for the Ewe Rams faithful.

Griffiths said “The aim is to improve season on season and I firmly believe we have recruited positively and that if we can start the season off on the right foot, we will be in the mix for promotion this season. There are a lot of good teams but we can’t alter that so if we get it right and play to our strengths, we have a chance.

“The league is wide open and what it needs is a solid spine throughout any side and I think we have the right balance and now it is about them gelling as a squad and playing for each other. I’ve enjoyed pre-season, the standards the new girls have brought in has been excellent and you’d think we’d had the same squad for a number of season in terms of getting on as a team.

“As with any season, they’ll be ups and downs but it’s how we respond to them and work together throughout the club, that will see a huge difference. There is a buzz surrounding the club and they are itching to get going. Results in pre-season have been positive and now it’s preparation to be ready for that first game.”

Derby County Ladies 2019/20 Squad & Staff

The club has seen a number of departures from last season’s squad with striker Andi Bell retiring from Tier 3 football, whilst Jodie Redgrave has made the move to Fylde LFC. Defender Karagh Tait has left for University in the USA, whilst Grace Harrison has relocated to London. 

Other departures from last season’s squad see Stephanie Smith, Moriah McIntosh, Camilla Newton and Rachael Ball depart, and Kirsty Allen spending a loan spell at near neighbours Long Eaton United LFC.

Commenting on the squad, Griffith said “We wish all the players that were with us the best of luck, wherever they end up, they all played a significant part in our best ever season in the women’s football pyramid.

“We’re excited about our new editions and have brought in experience, width, goals and strength which will improve us as a side. We’ve got injuries to contend with still and we’re hoping to get Emily (Joyce), Lauren (Cresswell) and Olivia (Mitcham) back with us at some point this season and that will be a boost.

“I like how we are setting up and we’ve left space for any further additions should more injuries hit us but I’m excited to go into the season with this squad and hopefully we can put a marker down early and keep those standards. 

“We’ve got another exciting game at Pride Park in September against Nottingham Forest Women and we’re hoping to see another massive crowd there. If we can get early results, that will hopefully bring a few more in and fingers crossed we can get the win.

“It’s all to play for this season and we will need the fans to come down and get on board with us. We’ve been growing as a club year on year and we want to take that next step and I’m looking forward to seeing new and old fans as well as our Academy and many local sides supporting us too and bringing in the women’s game.”