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by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Jill Scott says the team spirit within Everton Ladies’ squad has enabled her to make an easy transition into the role of captain.

A wind of change swept through the Ladies setup last winter when Mo Marley decided it was time to step down as manager after 10 years at the helm.

Assistant Andy Spence was installed as Marley’s replacement and one of his first decisions was to make Scott the team’s new skipper.

With the Ladies’ season now three months old, Scott admits she is thriving in the role and enjoying the extra responsibility that comes with the armband.

“I’ve loved it to be honest,” said the England international when speaking to evertontv as part of Captains Week.

“When Andy told me I was going to be captain I was a little bit shocked and surprised. I’ve really enjoyed it and it gives me the opportunity to ask a little bit more from myself on and off the pitch.

“I’m quite a fun person but when I go on the pitch I change into a different person. Andy hasn’t told me to be any different, so there is a fun side to me, but I know when I need to be serious.

“I think there are a lot of players within the team – Rachel Brown, Lindsey Johnson and Jody Handley – who have a lot of experience and have helped. They offer the captain’s role without actually having the armband and have been a big help to myself.

“If we come into games at half-time, it’s not just my voice that needs to be heard. That’s been really pleasing because it takes a bit of the pressure off me.

“Being captain you have got to get behind the team and get behind everyone, but the girls have been fantastic this season and I feel as though a lot of them are doing it on their own.”

Scott has been with Everton Ladies since 2006 and has since established herself as an England regular, winning over 50 international caps.

The Sunderland-born midfielder was also part of the Team GB squad for last summer’s Olympic Games, where she featured in five matches for Hope Powell’s side.

With an abundance of experience under her belt, Scott believes the chance to wear the armband has arrived at the right stage in her career.

“I have been here seven years now and Andy said he wanted me to be a role model to the younger kids coming through,” added the 26-year-old.

“That time seems to have gone so quickly because I can remember when I was 18 in this team. It’s been fantastic so far and I feel as though it has come at the right time for me. I’m very honoured Andy decided to give me the captaincy.

“He will sit you down and tell you what is going right and what is going wrong. He’s very approachable and I think that is very important in a team - that you have got that link between the players and the coaching staff.

“I feel like it’s going fine so far and if he had any problems, I’m sure he’d let me know.”

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