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Donnelly can’t wait to get going

Rovers Ladies started pre-season training this week

11 July 2019

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Manager Gemma Donnelly is itching to get back on the grass following a summer of off-the-field preparation for Rovers Ladies’ first Championship campaign.

Pre-season training got underway on Tuesday evening, with the Blues stepping up their plans for the new season. 

“I’m buzzing to be back out on the pitch with the girls,” Donnelly said.

“I can’t wait to get going again, it’s exciting times for us.

“We got a really tough pre-season planned which will really test us and see where we’re at in terms of the top end of the competition. It’s also an opportunity to get a look at the trialists.”

Next up for Donnelly's charges is a behind closed doors friendly against Super League side Everton Ladies on Sunday. 

And the Rovers boss admits that pre-season is an important factor to shape the season, especially given the Blues’ promotion to the second tier of women's football. 

“It’s huge because we’ve got to make a step up. The girls have that burning desire to get back on the pitch.

“There’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes, it’s not just started this week. Obviously there have been lots of months of preparation.

“It’s good to implement it all now and I hope we’ve pitched it at the right tempo to give us a good start into the opening game of the season.”

Rovers Ladies are getting used to new surroundings and new personnel at Blackburn Rovers' Senior Training Centre and Academy, using the facilities at Brockhall for their midweek training.

“There are so many changes. One thing I’m proud to introduce this season is a sports psychologist. We’ll really benefit from it.

"We’ve been dominant in the league below for a few years but I don’t think it’s going to be that way this year. It’s really important to start how we mean to go on.

“A bigger squad, competition, things not always going our way, it's about how we deal with that. Ultimately it's dealing with the players and how the coaching team work with the players to really maximise what we can get from them.”

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