GREEN JUGGLES CLUB AND COUNTRY GAMES
JUGGLING international duty alongside league form is often debated at the highest level of the game but Cardiff City ladies – who sit pretty in second in the Premier League South – have players who believe it can only help their title hopes.
Defender Kayleigh Green, 27, told Women’s Football Weekly, while away in Norway with the ales senior squad, that balancing the two all comes with experience.
She said: “I played against Coventry last Sunday, then flew out to Norway on Monday and I will be back on Saturday ready for our away game at Plymouth the ext day. It sounds a lot, but I am pretty experienced now. It isn’t hard to balance – it is really important to get an experience with your country.
“For me, it is crucial for young players like Chloe Lloyd (also of Cardiff City). For her it is vital to ay with players of WSL standard as it is a real learning curve. It is more the body conditioning that you have to work on, but you get know your body.” Cardiff finished fourth in the WPL last season and a dip in form in the second half of the season ultimately halted their title challenge – not helped by a number of injuries. But Green now believes their squad is stronger and in a better position to become the first Welsh team in the Super League.
“To be honest we had the bare 11 last season with a number of serious ACL injuries, so it was a tough year and we faltered towards the end,” Green said. “But this season we have signed a few more players – some from the WSL – and there is a lot to play for.
“It is such a tight league and the top five teams were always going to be fighting at the top.We now have a depth in the squad and a belief that we can push on. Brighton are flying, but the goal was to get promoted and it still is.
“We had a great pre-season and Jayne Ludlow [the Wales manager] came in and took a few sessions which was great, so playing for both my club and country works well.We have a lot of ambition at the club.”
Today the Bluebirds make the trip to Plymouth, looking to close the gap on leaders Brighton.
TITLE CHARGE: Kayleigh Green on the ball for Cardiff City