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New Blackburn Rovers joint manager Scott Rogers is setting his sights on an immediate return to the National Division this season.
Rovers were relegated at the end of the last campaign and Scott, who has been appointed alongside Nick Jackson-Cooney, told Women's Soccer Scene that they want to get back as quick as possible. "Obviously, the aim is to win the league," he said. "Being the club that we are and having just come down a division, the target is to bounce straight back up and to do that we have to win the league.
"We have managed to keep a lot of the squad together from last season and added some young talented players to it. We have got quite a few young internationals, along with the experienced ones from last year, and hopefully the combination of the two will help us to achieve our goals."
However the Rovers boss is not taking anything for granted. "It is not going to be easy, but a club like ours has to be realistic," he admitted. "Targets like that come with being at a big club like Blackburn Rovers.
"We can be confident, without being over confident. There are some strong teams in this division - the likes of Leicester, Derby County, Sheffield and Manchester City to name but a few - and if we don't perform, it won't be plain sailing. But if we play to our potential, we believe we have sufficient quality to secure promotion."
Blackburn have strengthened their squad for the new season with two new signings, Keeleigh Savage and Rachel Wood, both having arrived from Rochdale. "Keeleigh is an attacking midfielder/forward who scored 16 goals in this league last year, so she knows the division well," said Scott. "She is young, fresh, creative and a really intelligent player.
"Rachel is an extremely fast wide player who causes lots of problems with her pace and trickery. She gives us something different.
"We are hoping to get three or four more in before the start of the season but, with or without them, we still have a strong squad. If we can pull them in however, we will be extremely strong in all areas of the pitch."
Whilst the immediate target is promotion, Blackburn are also setting their sights on the longer term. "Myself and Nick have come in and we will be looking to develop the younger players, as we both have strong backgrounds in this area," added Scott, who has stepped up from being reserve team manager.
"We have had four players away with England Under-19s last week, another is currently away with the Great Britain Universities team, we have had one with Wales Under-19s and another with Wales Under-17s, so we have got seven or eight players currently involved with international set-ups from the age of Under-23 down.
"This is clearly a good sign and a good indication of where we want to take the team, and we intend to bring these players through in the short and long term so the future is looking bright."
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