Making the switch to ML1 in the summer, award winning goalkeeper Rebecca Cameron made the step up to the SWPL after an exceptional campaign with SWPL2 outfit St. Johnstone in the previous season, with the 23-year-old named the Saints Player of the year.
Since putting pen to paper, Cameron has had to bide her time for her competitive debut, with impressive performances from Emily Mutch providing the Perth shot-stopper with competition for a place in the starting XI.
However, Cameron insists that this competitive environment has maintained high standards in the goalkeeping department.“Football is always about developing yourself as a player and facing new challenges,” Cameron said.
“I knew that taking the step up to the SWPL and moving to Motherwell would mean I wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting place, but I understood that if I wanted to continue to develop, facing that challenge was the best decision for myself.
“Emily and I have a great friendship off the pitch which helps in training, as we are always pushing each other to high standards and want to see each other succeed. [Paul and Leanne] made it very clear from the start that this team is very competitive to earn a starting place. They have both told me to continue to work hard and have spoken about areas in which I can improve.
Since trading the Fair City for Lanarkshire, Cameron has continued to work behind-the-scenes in preparation for her competitive debut, and acknowledged that the intensity and standard of training was the initial attraction to playing football in ML1.
“The standard of goalkeeping training is on another level. Paul and Leanne have set a high demand on the players and created a brilliant atmosphere to learn and develop, which is what initially attracted me to the club.
“Colin, our goalkeeping coach, has made the transition much easier with the way he has supported me both on and off the pitch. I definitely think it is the hardest position on a football pitch. The physical and mental side to the game is demanding, with no room for error as any mistake will risk the ball ending up in the back of the net.“I want to continue to work hard and develop in this competitive environment which will hopefully lead to my first competitive debut.
The women of steel return to competitive action this weekend, with the two-week hiatus from the domestic calendar coming to a close, as Motherwell seek to conclude their recent turbulent run of form when they face league leaders Rangers at K-Park.
Paul Brownlie’s side have secured one win from their last five SWPL fixtures, with a comprehensive six-goal thriller over Dundee United ending a frustrating month-long goalless drought, but replicating that prolific display since hasn’t materialised, with a late equaliser in Montrose denying Motherwell their first victory on the road this season.
“We know we aren’t where we would’ve liked to be at this stage in the season,” Cameron explained.
“A lack of consistency in certain games and disappointing performances has been frustrating, but the coaching team have been really positive in ensuring we all stay focused and are all on the same page as to where we want to go as a team.
“The morale is still very high within the team. Everyone is very motivated and focused on the next run of games and hopefully we can get achieve the results we know we are capable of.”