Category: SWPL Team News

Rennie looking forward to playing in the Premier League

New signing Erin Rennie, 17, is looking forward to testing herself in the Premier League & getting out her comfort zone. Erin enjoyed success at Celtic last year however is looking at the switch to FClub as an opportunity to progress the centre midfielder as a player in a competitive environment. 

Rennie said, “I am looking forward to playing in the SWPL1 with Forfar and against some of the best players in the country, I was playing in the Under 19s at Celtic however this move to Forfar will push me on playing against better players and older players too. 

“Hopefully I can get out my comfort zone and do well here at Forfar, I am looking to build myself up and help the team as much as possible. 

“The club has been brilliant with me so far, everything about the place seems professional and I have already got a good impression of the club based on what I’ve seen so far. 

“We are looking to win as much games as possible this season, we have Motherwell on Sunday which will be a hard game but one where we can get 3 points from. 

“There is a lot of competition within the club which will help towards improving me as a player, prior to coming here I had been doing a lot of individual work as part of pre-season with the government guidelines in place and I am excited by the upcoming season ahead,”

Anderson looking forward to big challenge

We snapped up Aimee Anderson, 16 on loan from Celtic for a season with Anderson highlighting the fact that it will be a big challenge for the winger.

Anderson enjoyed a successful 2019 with Celtic leading them to League and Scottish Cup success and started 2020 on a bright note being involved in the Scotland Under 16s squad before lockdown. 

Anderson spoke about the move to FClub by saying, “I am excited to join the club and start training with the players, it will be a big challenge for me as I am only 16 and the SWPL1 is a good standard however I know this will improve me as a player. 

“There is a lot of good, young players in the league with the aim being to come here and do well for the club, I wanted a new challenge and seen this move to Forfar as an opportunity to explore new things, coming to the Premier League will mean I can get better, get stronger and add some character into my game. 

“I’ve been impressed by the structure at the club already, it’s a really good set-up at Forfar Farmington, (Head Coach) Ryan McConville & (Assistant Coach) Kevin McGreskin have been really good with me so far and they both have high ambitions for this club. In terms of the squad, there’s some good players here already. 

“The aim is to get a few upsets and get some good wins during the season, being at Celtic I had a winning mentality. Fighting for your place in the team is much better than just getting handed a place in the starting 11 every week so I will just need to work hard to prove to Ryan & Kevin that am worthy of starting games.”

Stirling excited to work with youngsters at Farmington

New signing Melissa Stirling admits she is excited by working with the younger players who are coming into the 1st team picture at Farmington. 

Stirling, 29 arrives at FClub with Premier League experience in her locker at Glasgow City & Aberdeen alongside a recent spell at Cove Rangers where she built up a fantastic relationship with current Forfar striker London Pollard. 

The winger is keen to replicate her link-up with Pollard at Forfar alongside helping the younger players, “There is a lot of young players in the club at the moment, I am looking forward to working with the younger players at the club and leading my experience onto the youngsters. 

“Part of my decision to join Forfar was to go & work with London again, myself & London built up a good relationship at Cove and I am looking to do the same here at Forfar, until last week I hadn’t been doing any football activity for 8 months, I have a lot of work to do and I recognise that. 

“In terms of my awareness just now it’s a bit delayed however it will come with time, coming back into the SWPL1 will be a massive transition for me, the tempo and the standards is completely different and it’s a step-up. 

“I am up for the challenge here at Forfar though and I am looking forward to working with Ryan McConville (Head Coach) & Kevin McGreskin (Assistant Coach).”

Cattanach pleased with positive change

Erin Cattanach admits there has been some changes in the operations both on and off the park at Forfar Farmington but implies that they are for the good of the club leading into the league season which begins in 4 days at home to Motherwell (18th October).

Cattanach spoke about pre-season and how positive it’s been to continue training again after lockdown by saying, “There has been a lot of positive changes throughout pre-season, we have been working on a lot of tactical stuff and the physical aspect has been tough. 

“We have signed some players that will strengthen the team which will hopefully make us better, it’s been great seeing everyone again as I lost a lot of motivation through lockdown. 

“I would like to finish mid-table at least, Ryan McConville (Head Coach) has been very positive for us as players, things are slowly progressing however we are showing what we are capable of. 

Erin has been part of the FClub for a number of years now coming up through the youth pathway and will be influential with the new recruits to the club.

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Pender looking to challenge at Farmington

Kathryn Pender admits she has come to Forfar Farmington to challenge in the SWPL1 when the season gets underway on the 18th October when Motherwell come to Station Park. 

Pender spoke about the challenges awaiting Farmington in the new season when she said, “We are looking to challenge in the league this season and compete with the top teams in the league with the aim of getting a top half finish. 

“Pre-season so far has been hard however it’s important to get the graft in which will hopefully do us well when the season begins, a lot of us were guilty of being lazy during lockdown. 

“We have been doing a lot of ball work & getting the fitness up, training has been good amongst the group & we have added a bit of sharpness to our game each week. 

“It’s a good squad here at Forfar Farmington, I know the Assistant Coach Kenny Gammie having worked with him at Montrose before speaking to the Head Coach Ryan McConville after a couple of sessions and I just wanted to go for it. 

Pender is reunited at Forfar having spent 2 seasons with the Development squad in season 2015/16. 

Smith excited with Farmington project

Forfar Farmington’s new media officer David Smith is excited about the upcoming project that is evolving around the club prior to the season starting in 3 weeks time at home to Motherwell on 18th October. 

Smith has experience working in football clubs during his 9 years working in the media department at clubs in both the mens and womens game and is looking forward to sharing his experiences at Forfar Farmington. 

“I am happy to be joining such an exciting project at Forfar Farmington, I am ambitious and jumped at the opportunity to work in a professional environment again something which Forfar Farmington provide. 

“Everyone within the club has been really welcoming and have been a big help for myself who has a lack of knowledge at present regarding the club especially Ryan McConville (Head Coach) and Nicola McBride (Club Development Officer) who have been very transparent with any issues or questions I have had. 

“Forfar Farmington is a positive and progressive club who do fantastic work in the community and are respected in Women’s football circles which was a big draw for me, we have work to do to reach good standards in a media perspective prior to the Motherwell game however things are progressing well. 

“Women’s football in this country is going from strength to strength and I am very happy to be apart of that.”

Perry delighted with another call-up to Northern Ireland squad

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Forfar Farmington new signing Lauren Perry is delighted to be called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming UEFA Women’s Championship qualifier against Faroe Islands on the 18th September. 

The 19 year old goalkeeper reflected on another positive landmark by saying, “It’s brilliant once again to get called up for your country & an absolute honour, it is going to be exciting again for myself & I can’t wait to meet up with the team. 

“It’s always healthy competition with the goalkeepers at Northern Ireland & I am looking forward to that, I am looking forward to meeting up with the girls again. 

“This week will be a big week at training prior to going away & training with the squad next week in preparation for that Faroe Islands game, I need to make sure I am ready & prepared for camp.”

Looking back on her time at Forfar Farmington since arriving, she reflected & said, “It’s been really exciting for myself, the girls have all been welcoming & Forfar as a town is really nice as well, I am keen to progress my game ahead of the Motherwell game in October. 

“The standard of the league was what enticed me to come to Scotland, the SWPL is going in a positive direction & it’s improving all the time, various teams around the league have now gone professional. 

“I also knew the head coach Ryan McConville from back home in Northern Ireland who was able to persuade me that moving to Scotland was the right decision to make. 

“A professional contract is always something i’ve wanted, hopefully we can go & make a good account of ourselves in the league this season.

“I am looking to help the team out as much as possible when we get back playing, the aim is to have as much clean sheets as possible alongside picking up some points, we are looking for a good league finish. 

“I’m only 19 however I have a good football CV & loads of experience such as Champions League, Internationals, I am looking to bring that experience to the team which would in turn help the team out when possible. 

“There is healthy competition in the goalkeeping department at present, it’s something I am enjoying & hopefully we can bring each other on, I can’t wait for the new season to begin

Lisa Ryan enticed by the professionalism at Farmington

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Forfar Farmington new signing Lisa Ryan has enjoyed her 1st week at the club & is really excited about the season ahead in the SWPL1 citing that the professional culture that is being developed into the SWPL was a big factor in her decision to join Farmington. 

Ryan said, “It’s been a great 1st week & the girls have been really welcoming, the coaching has been great & there is a lot of experience in that coaching as well, the standard of the players has been high as well, I am excited to get back onto the pitch & get playing again & we are hoping for a good season. 

“The leagues getting redeveloped at the moment with a lot of teams around the league making some big signings & more teams are becoming professional now so the game is growing in Scotland, playing in the SWPL1 gives me a great opportunity to develop as a footballer & also Forfar is a fantastic place. 

“I have heard some great things about the club & the people around the club, we have players coming in who have International & World Cup experience. 

“It’ll be great to play alongside & against those players, I am looking to improve as a player this season & hopefully do well against the bigger sides in the league although the main aim is to get some points on the board & stay up. 

“I am looking to use pre-season as a means of getting to know the players, we are looking to bond as a team & get to know everyone’s style of play alongside getting used to the coaching staff’s style of play, it’s all about creating those bonds & building prior to the season starting in October. 

“The competition in the team is very healthy, every position on the field is covered so you always have competition which will bring out the best in the players & bring our standard as a team higher. 

 

 

SWPL1 | New Signing – Lauren Perry

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Delighted to announce new signing Lauren Perry subject to International Clearance.  19 year old Lauren, a goalkeeper who has made 6 appearances for the NI national team, most notable ‘Player of the Match’ in her debut against Norway. Lauren, who has UEFA Champions league experience and comes from playing in the WSL 2 with Blackburn Rovers.

Head Coach Ryan McConville comments “I am delighted to finish off our recruitment drive with such a talented signing, Lauren is a GK with so much talent and experience for such a young player, she is a fantastic shot stopper and is a real modern day GK being good with her feet. We have already one of the best GK’s in the country in Fiona McNicoll and a great up and coming GK in Beth Mowatt (U19s NPL). Lauren adds to the quality in this department and now our squad has strength and depth all over the park, I can’t wait to welcome her to Station Park.”

SWPL 1 | New Signing – Lisa Ryan

Delighted to announce our 5th new signing over the last few weeks as Lisa Ryan comes into the squad subject to International Clearance.
 
25 year old Ryan started her football at Sunderland Regional Talent Centre where she had 8 successful years before moving into the reserve team, becoming the youngest member of the senior FA WSL squad. Lisa moved to the states to complete her education and played for Franklin Pierce University for two years, then transferred to University of Arkansas. The County Durham-local graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design.
 
No stranger to elite football, Lisa was recruited to play WPSL football for FC Indiana who had won two national titles. Ryan then signed for the Blades from Little Rock Rangers, a WPSL club based in Arkansas, prior to signing for Sheffield United.
 
Head Coach Ryan McConville is looking forward to welcoming her to Forfar – he commented “I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome a player of her calibre to the squad”