New Keeper Eyes Battle For Number One Shirt

Chantelle McKay hopes she can make the number one shirt her own at the club but acknowledges it won’t be an easy task.

The recent signing is relishing the new challenge after leaving Tayside Ladies last season and is thrilled with the coaching she has received so far from goalkeeping coaches Mike Gourlay and Kev Candy.

20 year old McKay praised the club’s approach and the attitude of those involved with the squad in her short time with the club since signing in December.

“It feels great to have signed for such a big club which is well run, very organised and has great facilities on offer as well as a great bunch of coaching staff. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of me during my time at the club.”

She continued: “I have always been interested in the club but felt I have never been good enough to step up to the level and be part of the club. The club has so much to offer which is always an eye opener for young players who are looking for a new team to join as they are well run and set up which makes it look so professional in everything they do.”

“I decided to get in touch with John Diplexcito who encouraged me to have a meeting with goalkeeping coach Kev Candy and get a wee bit of background information before coming to training. Before I knew it after four months out I had the gloves and boots back on and there was no better feeling.”

McKay praised her new goalkeeping coaches and reckons it is some of the best coaching she has experienced in her career.

“Training has been a lot different compared to what I was receiving at my previous club; it’s a lot more demanding physically but I enjoy every minute of it and receive some of the best coaching on offer from Mike and Kev and work alongside some great goalkeepers which is also a bonus.”

Despite tough competition from Fiona McNicoll and Hannah Dryden, McKay hopes she can learn from the pair and impress enough to fight for the number one jersey.

She said: “I would be stupid to say I wouldn’t love to be the club’s number one but it is going to take a lot of fight. Fiona’s an excellent goalkeeper and even in training she’s great to watch and take tips from; she’s a great role model for the younger goalkeepers stepping up.”

“Hannah is also another great goalie and a hard worker who is determined and puts in a great effort which I’m hoping, when my fitness is up and I’m at my full potential, I can impress the coaches and one day maybe be as good as Fiona and get the chance to prove myself in the first team squad.”