A 5-2 win over Hearts was enough to clinch safety and Neish hopes he can build on what he has in the side for next season rather than losing players.
With the league reducing in size down to eight sides, Neish expressed his delight in Forfar being one of the top eight clubs in Scotland, saying “It’s a great feeling having secured our status as one of the top eight clubs in the country. It shows we have some incredibly talented players at this club and have a chance now to really push on and show we have the ambition to compete, not just survive.”
The manager also thanked the 169 who attended last week’s game and hoped they all would come back to watch again. “It was amazing to see so many people there supporting the girls.” he said. ”I think everyone that attended would admit they saw some great football, great entertainment and a lot of fantastic role models for girls and all of football.“
With the current season almost finished, Neish is planning already for 2016; with his eyes set on improving the current crop of players without losing what he has to build on. The coach admits there will be interest in players like Amy Gallacher and Holly Napier but firmly believes Forfar is the place to be at the moment.
“With all the praise comes interest from other clubs. We have some unbelievable talent at this club, but I look around the scene right now; City and Hibs are incredibly strong, no one is guaranteed game time at those clubs. “ he said. “Celtic, at the start of the season, lost a load of players, Rangers also; as an outsider looking in Spartans struggled a bit this year and I personally wasn’t impressed by the football of Stirling.”
Neish continued “I have always said I would never stand in the way of a player wanting to improve their career; but right now I truly believe we are the best place for young, ambitious players to learn and develop. I hope the girls can see this as well, this is a special group of girls who we are going to add to soon.”
“We are building something special here, I don’t want to remove one of the blocks, we want to build on to what we already have.”
Despite securing safety, the side will look to continue their nine game unbeaten run when they travel to face already relegated Hamilton Academical on Sunday.