Forfar Farmington right back Sophie Milligan can’t wait for the new season after struggling to break into the side when she joined at the tail end of last year.
22-year old Milligan, who signed for Forfar in late September, making two appearances before the season ended, said: “I’m definitely excited for the new season, it was frustrating putting in the hard work and commitment without the appearances, but understandably it was a difficult time to break into the squad who had been working together as a tight unit throughout the season, with crucial games remaining. “
”In saying that, the girls and Damon have been great and have helped me settle into the team. I had my first 90 minutes for the club against Motherwell in preseason, which was good to get under my belt and will be looking to continue to progress on this in the upcoming season.”
Milligan came through the ranks at Monifieth Ladies and after a short spell at Dundee United, spent four years at Robert Gordon University, combining playing with her studies.
One of her teammates and flatmates at university was Gemma Collier, and the defender helped Sophie to find a new club after leaving the Aberdeen based university: “After leaving RGU and settling into my new career as a physiotherapist, I began to miss my football as well as the challenge and camaraderie that came with it. Gemma knew I was looking around for clubs and passed on my number. I started training for the club and enjoyed the set up.”
The side have been training hard during pre-season but Milligan admits she has loved every minute of it: “Pre-season is always dreaded, but for myself this has been the hardest yet most enjoyable yet. Everyone’s working hard individually and as a team to reach the same goals and put us in the best position for the upcoming season. The physical dedication and time commitments the girls have produced is brilliant, with the support of the coaches, our gym trainer Shelley, and the University of Abertay enhancing our potential.”
“The atmosphere at the club is great, everyone looks out for each other and it really is like one big Forfar family with involvement throughout all levels of the club. With working full time it’s a big commitment but I’ve really enjoyed my short time at the club so far and can’t wait for the season to kick start.”
Despite only being at the club for a short amount of time, the right back is impressed by the younger players in the squad: “There is substantial amount of young talent within Forfar Farmington, and stepping up to the mark whilst not looking out of place during a tough last season is really the best experience they could have had. Although it’s a young squad, we have experience in the squad to support the younger ones; and they keep us ‘senior’ players on our toes too.