Derby County Football Club Women

Exciting to get back to Football says Ewe Rams Boss Sam Griffiths

Derby County FC Women Boss Sam Griffiths believes the countdown to the start of the season can now get into full swing with the recent announcements of a planned return to football for the FA Women’s National League and other leagues.

After the 2019/20 season was curtailed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Griffiths is hoping her Ewe Rams side can pick up where they left off after a strong second half of the season saw them end the season sitting in 2nd place at the time the league was ended.

Griffiths said “It’s been a crazy crazy time and its not only thrown football up in the air but it’s affected the home life of many many people and I know I am and many others I have spoke to, are just yearning for a bit of normality and hopefully we are over the worse and we can get things back to normal as safely as possible.

“From a football point of view, it’s been and still is uncertain when we can get back to normal and everything has had to be put on hold but hopefully with last weekend’s announcement of a return in the not do distant future, we can really now start to get our plans in place. 

“We really hit the ground running after the new year and we got ourselves into a great position and I’m hoping that turnover of players will be minimal and that will ensure that we gel much quicker than we did at the start of last season.”

Though dates for the new season have yet to be released, Griffiths and her staff have started to bring small groups together as per FA guidelines but the sessions are more about getting a feel for football again and that the real pre-season work will begin when full sessions are allowed.

“This week we have got a couple of small groups back together just to keep our eye in as such but we know the full work will be done in a proper pre-season when it gets announced but its nice to get a few different groups back together and see people again.

“We’re starting to put a proper pre-season in place with friendlies too and once we can get back to full squad training, that’s when we will kick into gear and prepare for another challenging but exciting season ahead and though it might be different for a start, I’m hoping normality will resume sooner rather than later.

“I think what this has done has left an appreciation for what we do more than it usually does. We play or coach this game because we enjoy it and sometimes we get so wrapped up in it, we don’t appreciate it as we should and not being able to has certainly for me, left me excited for a re-start.”