Caitlin Russell insists there will be no let up in performance levels, despite Motherwell having already clinched the SWPL2 title.
With five games still to go, the women of steel return to action after the international break when they take on Central Girls at Braidhurst on Sunday.
Donald Jennow’s side still harbour aspirations of SSE Scottish Women’s Cup success, having progressed to the last eight of the competition, and Russell believes that is all the motivation they need in their remaining league fixtures.
“We were delighted to wrap up the title so soon,” she said. “Now we can now use the game on Sunday as preparation for the big cup game against St Johnstone and the remaining games as preparation for the step up to SWPL1.
“It’s been a remarkable season in many ways, when you consider all the changes during the close season and the mixture of young players and experienced players, including some who came out of retirement to join Motherwell.
“Central have caused us problems in the past meetings this season, it has never been an easy game.
“As a team we just want to keep the winning run going, we won’t let up just because the league is won, it’s our aim to go end the league season unbeaten on the pitch.
“Looking at the cup game, we’ve beaten St Johnstone twice this season. But we still know it’ll take a massive fight to get into the semi-finals. If we can do that then it will present a great chance to challenge ourselves against the calibre of side we’ll be facing next season.”
Following the departure of Eddie Wolecki Black to Celtic, ‘Well moved quickly to promote his assistant Jennow to the position of head coach.
It’s an appointment that has went down well among the squad and Hibs loanee Russell says the familiarity between Jennow and the squad has made the transition an easy one.
“Eddie was regarded very highly among the players, but Donald was always a big part and took a lot of the training drills, that has ensured the transition has been quite a smooth one,” she said.
“Greg [Harrison] has also joined the coaching staff and he’s settled quickly, so we’re just looking forward to getting back to action after the international break.”
Russell has enjoyed an excellent season in which she has found the net on 11 occasions and featured regularly throughout.
She admits she is unsure as to where her future lies beyond the end of the season, instead focusing on finishing the campaign in style.
“The reason I came out on loan was to get game time and to get my confidence back up and that’s exactly what Donald and Eddie have done,” she added.
“From day one I’ve been made to feel very welcome and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of this season will bring.
“I’ll see out the remainder of the season before speaking over my future, I’m enjoying my football and as for what happens after that I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”