Forfar Farmington defender Jade McLaren hopes the side can build on last season’s experience and become a potential banana skin for the likes of Rangers, Hibernian and Spartans in the upcoming Scottish Women’s Premier League season.
‘I’m really looking forward to the coming season for the new challenges and just to see how much as a team we have improved over the last year. I think this will be another difficult season because the majority of the team are still young and are still developing as footballers, as am I but I do think we will give some of the bigger teams a run for their money this season. It will also be good having the youths coming through and making their debuts this season to show the young talent Forfar has in their arsenal.’
‘Pre season has been brilliant so far and it’s good to be back with the team after the break. I’m really enjoying the training and the gym as well as the morning sessions with regionals as I’m not one who likes the December break due to the lack of training!
16 year old McLaren made her debut midway through the 2013 season and has played just over 30 games since then. Having experienced players around her has helped her improve her game, with the recently departed Alana Bruce being one of those. The departure of Alana is one I will be lost without especially on a game day as she was one of the players who was always beside me on the pitch and if I was to do something wrong, she was there to fix it so to speak! When I first started playing for the Premier League side she was the one who looked after me, both on the pitch and in the changing room beforehand, but I do wish her the best of luck at Aberdeen, they are lucky to have gained a great player like Alana.’
‘At the same time though Gemma Collier has returned which I am very excited about for this season as she was another one who welcomed me in when I joined the senior squad and she was the one I looked up to as a player!’
Last season McLaren was unlucky to miss out on a call up to the Scotland u17 set up, after putting in some good performances, although she wasn’t too disheartened and has set her sights on impressing the coaches this season.
‘I am looking forward to hopefully make it into Scotland training camps this year but I saw last year as more of a learning year. I took things that needed to be improved from the camp and have worked on it ever since.’
‘I feel as though I have improved since August and will be looking to try and impress the likes of Pauline Hamill and Pauline Macdonald throughout the coming year.’