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Hammers boss starts preparation early
 Women's Football News 21 Apr 2012
 
Hammers boss starts preparation early - 21 Apr 2012 - Women's Football NewsWith their season now at an end, West Ham United are already making preparations for next season with manager Julia Setford determined to take the side to the National Division. 
 
The Hammers looked well set to take the FA Womens Premier League Southern Division title as this season went into the closing stages, but as was the case last season have just failed to land their title dream.
 
"Last season we were pipped on the final day of the season by Cardiff and it seems like this year Portsmouth's late finish will see them overhaul ourselves and Colchester," said the former defender who has completed her second season in the manager's role.
 
"Whilst we are disappointed we are still looking to the future with confidence having established ourselves as one of the most consistent sides in the division with three top three finishes in four years.
 
"Previously we might not have had the structure to sustain ourselves in the National Division, but we have made great strides this year. Our relationship with our parent club has never been better with David Gold a keen supporter, having attended some of games this year including the recent Essex FA County Cup Final, and of course we continue to get the use of the unrivalled training facilities all year round.
 
"We are made so welcome at the Chadwell Heath training complex, which we use two evenings a week, and last month were invited to attend as Sam Alladyce and his staff put on a training session with their own squad, who expressed an interest to help with sponsorship. This will mean we are now in a position to allow first team players to play without having to pay subs, something we have been keen to do for a while."
 
With plans at an advanced stage to set up an apprenticeship system for young players via an Academy programme, Setford will look to continue the Hammers tradition of bringing through young players. "There are several youngsters in our reserves who I have been keeping a keen eye on and they will no doubt be pushing for first team starts next season," she continued. "We have already set out our dates and plans for pre-season and will be looking to include the youngsters as much as possible."
 
However the Hammers boss is also keen to add a few experienced faces to the squad: "We will certainly be running an eye over a few players during the summer. We have already had a few enquiries and once players see our set up and the facilities we have available I am sure they will feel they will want to be involved.
 
"We picked up striker Kelley Blanchflower from Arsenal last summer and would like to bring in a couple more of similar stature during this close season."
 
Players with FA Premier League experience or graduates of an FA Centre of Excellence interested in trialling for the Hammers should send a brief resume of the football career to date to the club secretary Colin Roache via RoacheC@dean-wood.co.uk.

 
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