The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

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

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