ICTWFC begin their 2023/24 campaign tomorrow as they travel to face Greenock Morton. After finishing last season strongly, ICTWFC will be looking to keep that going into the new campaign starting this weekend.

ICTWFC Manager Karen Mason spoke to ictfc.com ahead of the start of the new season:

How have preparations been going into the new campaign? 

“We’ve had a good preseason overall, the girls have all worked really hard. We managed to get in three friendlies so it’s been great to see what we have been working on reflect in these games. Unfortunately, Chloe Macleod picked up a knee injury against Aberdeen and Finella Annand has been hampered with a reoccurring Achilles problems so that hasn’t been the best start for them but hopefully we see them both back playing soon. On the up side, Jana Brady has been back in training after a lengthy period on the sidelines so it’s been great to have her work ethic and leadership back among the squad and I look forward to getting her back on the pitch too.”

How is the squad shaping up with the players staying on and the new recruits? 

“We have retained the majority of our squad from last season however we will be losing Millie Carr and Peigi Barker to University in September. Laura Maciver has also taken some time out to focus on her studies but we hope to have her back in the New Year. We have had a couple players including another goalkeeper in on trial throughout preseason but at the moment we have only made one new signing, Bella Viana from California who can play anywhere in the middle of park but we are currently waiting on International Clearance before she can compete.

How excited is the squad looking forward to getting going for another season? 

“The girls are all really up for this season and have been looking forward to it kicking off. We have set goals as a squad and as individuals so we know what we have to do to go on to achieve them.”

What would you like to achieve in the league this season? 

“We really want to be competing in the top half of the table and pushing for the top 2 spots come the second half of the season. Last year we went in to the unknown and finished 5th but we are better prepared for what is to come and we know the areas we need to improve. We know it is going to be another tough and competitive season but we know if we perform to the levels that we are capable then we can take points off of anyone in this league.”