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Jones wants to be stronger next season

27 May 2016

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Ladies attacker Sophie Jones wants the club to have a title winning season next term!

Rovers Ladies finished the season in third place while retaining the Lancashire County Cup with a 2-1 win over Jones' former side Preston North End Ladies, and Rovers' top scorer says she wants to not only match this season's performance but go further and win the league. 

"We have to better ourselves as a team, become more of a unit and stronger in every department on and off the field," said the forward.

"We should be aiming for top of the league; we probably should have got it this year but we found our bad games at the beginning of the season. 

"We also should be aiming to retain the County Cup and to go further in the FA Cup. Everything that we have achieved this season we can do again but progress further, we are a good group of girls and a good footballing group."

Jones has had an impressive season with Rovers, scoring 16 goals in just 20 appearances for the club. Since joining from Preston North End Ladies in 2014, she has become a regular and wants to continue to try and hit her targets next season.

"At the beginning of the season, the manager (Gemma Donnelly) always wants us to know where we want to be and what our goals are. I wanted to stay injury free and try to score a goal a game.  

"'Although I have not been able to stay injury free all season, the games I have played in, we have had a good knowledge and understanding as a unit. The movement on and off the ball has been good and this is allowed me to score as many as I have."

Donnelly, who prioritised Jones as her number one target upon taking full control of the first team, is pleased with the progress she has made, and expects her to surpass this seasons personal achievement.

"Sophie was my first target when I took full control, the reason for that is because she's tenacious, pacey and has an eye for goal," said the Ladies boss.

"She can be very unpredictable and would be willing to run through brick walls for her team and myself.

"I'm confident that Sophie will be with us next season and knowing her she will be expecting to surpass her achievement next term."

You can enjoy some of Sophie's strikes here!

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