After a memorable 2017, Head Coach Andy Spence says Everton Ladies intend to kick on even further next year.
Over the course of the past 12 months, the Blue Girls have lifted the WSL 2 Spring Series title, been promoted to WSL 1 and transitioned into a full-time professional club. They will also end the year sixth in the FAWSL 1 table.
With those solid foundations in place, Spence is looking for that evolution to continue apace in 2018.
“We have seen a lot of good progress within the club during 2017,” he told evertontv. “Winning the Spring Series was a strong starting point, but then we had the good news about our promotion, and the development we have seen since we have been back up in the top division has been absolutely brilliant over the past six months.
“It has been a really exciting time but if you are a club that is moving forward then you always look ahead. In 2018, we want to build on the good foundations we have set. We want to be an established WSL 1 team but also one that competes for trophies.”
Spence believes the hard work both the players and his staff have put in has made the transition not only from part to full time but also WSL 2 to WSL 1 a smooth one so far.
But with such lofty ambitions comes the need for that determination to continue throughout the new year.
“We are going in a direction that I am confident will bring successes in the future,” he added. “If we keep working hard like we have done, and I have a group here who embrace that, then I believe we will reach where we want to go.
“This time next year, we want to be in a position where we have improved still further. We are always seeking to have the best players and staff here, and we want to push on with what we do.
“If we can set our standards higher and higher week-to-week, month-to-month, and maintain the progress that we have already made, then hopefully in a year’s time we are that WSL 1 side that everybody respects.
“The challenge for us is to do that and show that Everton is not only a club that will be in WSL 1 for a long time but one that will compete and win. Certainly, we have laid the foundations this year to do that.”