Glasgow City make two new signings
Finishing the first half of the season yesterday with a win over Falkirk was a very satisfying close to the opening of the campaign for Glasgow City, but perhaps most pleasing of all was successful debuts of new signings Ashley McDonald and Jennifer Callaghan, who both not only played 90 minutes but also scored.
Signed in the last few weeks, City’s new players join the club at a pivotal moment of the season as they team prepares for the Champions League and the defence of the Premier League title.
First to sign on the dotted line was Ashley McDonald. Commenting on his latest recruit, Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black said, “Ashley was a player that I have been aware of for a few seasons now. We looked to bring her to the club a year ago, however it never materialised due to different reasons. However this year when we discovered she was unattached we made our move and are delighted she has joined us. She has had the benefit of two weeks of training with us before taking to the pitch yesterday. I think Ashley will give us great width, pace and she is a very good pressuriser of the ball. I am sure she will also chip in with a few goals as well as yesterday showed. I am looking forward to seeing Ashley playing once she has had a few months of training and playing at this club.”
Ashley herself was also delighted with her move and said, “After playing football for 13 years (Falkirk Ladies 10 years and Hamilton Accies 3 years) I thought about taking a break/ step back from football. However, that was until Eddie Wolecki Black contacted me asking me to consider Glasgow City. I was delighted, but I knew I had to give it some serious thought as it would be a huge commitment. After a lot of thinking it was clear I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by, not only would I be playing for the best team in Scottish Women’s Football, but also I would get the chance to play in Europe, which would be a dream come true. I have now started training with the team and have no regrets. The girls are lovely, training is of a high intensity and the coaching staff are great. I’m looking forward to my future at City.”
Eighteen year old Jennifer Callaghan joins from Rangers where she was their top goalscorer so far this season. The young striker said, “I am delighted to have signed for Glasgow City and I am looking forward to developing amongst a group of quality players. To play Champions League football has been a dream of mine and to get the opportunity to do this with Glasgow City is fantastic.
“I am hungry for success and determined to work hard to achieve it.”
Wolecki Black added, “Even before it became apparent that we would lose Lisa we were already on the lookout for a striker. With Christie's injury we had been working with Jane, Lisa and Emma Mitchell and there is no doubt we were relying too much on them. Therefore our search intensified and I only became aware of Jennifer'savailabilityat the last minute.
“We were convinced that she would quickly settle into the club and scoring twice on her debut certainly will have helped her. Jennifer is very instinctive finisher and I believe she will go on to score a lot of goals for this club. She has good pace, works hard and is clever with her movement. Like every player there are areas of her game that she needs to improve and we will work hard with her over the coming months to ensure she continues to develop and become accustomed to our style of play.”
Pictures by Andy Buist26.06.12