Maxine Welsh says Motherwell are relishing the chance to prove the doubters wrong again.
The 21-year-old played a big part in the latter stages of ‘Well’s charge to the SWPL2 title last season, securing promotion to the top flight.
A record-breaking campaign ended with the stinging disappointment of 8-0 thrashing in the Scottish Cup final against Hibs, but Welsh insists the experience will ensure the women of steel will return stronger and more determined.
“I think there is a bit of unfinished business following the final,” she said.
“I don’t we did ourselves justice and while there’s a lot of new faces, those of us who have stayed are determined to make up for the disappointment and hopefully the rest will have the same desire.
“I think I’ve said it before but I think we were really underestimated last season. We won the league last season and now want to show we can handle it in SWPL1.
“It’s a good calibre of players, we’re gelling well and quickly as a team – so I think we’ll do well this season.
“We know that it’s important we are fitter than we were last season as we are up against better teams, the hard work is required.”
Motherwell make the trip south on Sunday for a pre-season encounter with FA Women’s National League North side Newcastle United.
It’ll be the first of three warm up matches ahead of the start of the SWPL1 campaign on 10 February, and one the former Glasgow City youngster says the full squad are looking forward to.
“It’s quite exciting and the trip away will give the team a good chance to bond too,” she said. “I’m looking forward to playing in the top league much more with Motherwell than I was City.
“Personally I’m hoping to cement my position, last season I was obviously just filling in at centre half, I want to find my position, make it permanent, make sure I’m in the team every week and enjoy my football after a long time out with injury.”