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It has been a very busy close season for Plymouth Argyle Ladies Football Club.
Many changes have happened on the playing front with two moving to new clubs and eight new faces coming into the football club. There are further ongoing discussions to bring in more players to strengthen both squads.
Pre-season has been tough off the field in recruitment and especially on the field for the girls. They were all emailed in mid-June a schedule to which they had to be prepared for. It consisted of a six week programme, training twice a week and as a result of their application and effort, the fitness of the girls has improved dramatically. A high level of professionalism has been brought to the club on and off the field and this has improved the mindset of all the players, in which has seen a massive improvement in the players application to training and team play. This has been demonstrated in the performances in the friendlies they have had.
"As we all know, you win nothing in friendlies and we all know it's about fitness, team shape and the girls getting to know their new team mates," says manager Dave Leonard. "Whilst the friendlies have been favourable in regards results, the most pleasing aspect for a manager is that they are now playing with a team shape and showing high levels of fitness and being able to work at a high tempo for 90 minutes."
Three of the new signings - Jessie Boston, Nicola Brown and Amber Guy-Kemp - have joined from Yeovil Town whilst Dani Barr arrives from local rivals Exeter City. Darcy Hepworth and Jess Fox join the squad from the Under-16 Advanced Development Centre whilst Amarnie Crabtree and Nicky Vincent have signed from Lakeside and Stoke Kolts respectively.
Dave Leonard is First Team manager, assisted by Travis Rowland, with Jason Haswell as Goalkeeping Coach and Joe Roach as Physio.
The club has started a Reserve side to support the first team with players coming back from injuries, loss of form and the transition from the Plymouth Argyle Girls Advanced Development Centre. The reserves, managed by Gary Harris and assisted by Lee Bargery, will be playing in the Devon County Women's League Premier Division. With the ambitions of the football club we felt it was important we supported the first team and have strength in depth.
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