Motherwell Ladies captain Suzanne Mulvey believes that capturing the SWPL2 title with the club would be right up there with her greatest achievements in the game.
The striker has bagged 18 goals this season as the women of steel close in on promotion to the top flight of Scottish women’s football.
‘Well return to action after the summer break with a visit to McDiarmid Park on Sunday to face St Johnstone. Having built up a 13-point advantage at the top of the SWPL2 table, and with just eight games of the league season remaining, the title and promotion to the top division could be secured by the end of August.
“I’ve won pretty much everything there is to win in the Scottish game, but this would be right up there with my proudest moments,” Mulvey said.
“We’ve come so far and it’s a great reflection on Motherwell as a club and as a community. It’s a great time to be a Motherwell player and going forward it’s only going to get better.
“I feel fitter, we’ve been worked very hard, because we had that two weeks break we’ve just been worked by Donald and Eddie even harder on our return. I feel that will show.
“We’ve got a 13-point lead and the way we are training shows that we want to get the title wrapped up as soon as possible. It’s not over and done with yet, but if we can continue playing to the level we were before the summer break then I think there’s a good possibility we can win the league very soon.”
News that boss Eddie Wolecki Black will be moving on to take up the position of head coach at Celtic in the coming weeks came as a disappointment to all involved with the ladies setup at Fir Park.
Mulvey admits the team were sad to see their well-respected boss depart but is keen to stress Motherwell’s journey is far from complete.
“It’s a fantastic appointment for Celtic,” she said. “They’ve got a fantastic manager and person in Eddie. I’ve worked with him a few times and have so much respect for him both as a coach and as a person.
“For us though, Eddie has started the journey by putting together the players and the coaching staff. Although he is leaving, we have a lot of experience in both the coaching and playing staff.
“We’ve shown already this season we are capable of dealing with a lot of things. We have the right people to keep things moving in the right direction.
“We still want to carry on the journey, we want to win the league, to have a good run in the cup and from there carry on and continue to develop both as a team and as individuals.”
Despite having racked up several emphatic victories during their opening 13 games of the league season, Mulvey maintains there are still plenty of challenging tasks ahead for the team.
“Before we even kicked a ball this season, we were regarded as the top team and the team that everyone else wanted to beat,” she added.
“There have been comments from opposition players basically ribbing our players about how many international caps we have – it’s the only time I’ve been slagged off for having Scotland caps.
“I feel a lot of the teams have good young players, but perhaps lack that bit of experience. Going back to [the 1-1 draw with] Aberdeen, their best player was Susan Murray who had retired a few seasons ago, Aberdeen asked her to come back and help a bit and she made a big difference for them.
“I’m more than happy with what I’ve contributed so far this season and I’d love to continue to score goals too. For me though, the main target is to win the league as soon as possible and hopefully give Eddie a good send off.
“From there it’s not over. There is still the cup, as well as trying to remain unbeaten in the remaining games.”
Over the course of the break, Sophie Gallacher departed the club, moving on due to work commitments.
The ‘Well captain was keen to pay tribute to the striker’s contributions during her time at Fir Park and insisted she should be a part of the celebrations should the team secure the title.
“Sophie is a fantastic talent. We didn’t get to see what she was capable of this season due to injuries.
“It’s a real shame to see her go, but everyone who has kicked a ball, has been part of the coaching staff, contributed behind the scenes should all be part of the celebrations when we secure the title.”