Ahead of the new 2019 season, we’ll catch-up with every single Scottish Building Society SWPL team. From new Head Coaches, new signings, and new aspirations, it’s set to be another exciting campaign. We spoke to St Johnstone WFC Head Coach, Jason McCrindle.
How are excited are you for the 2019 season?: I’ve been at St Johnstone (formerly known as Jeanfield Swfits) five seasons now. I’m looking forward to this season more than any other.
What are your aims and ambitions for the new season?: We want to be competitive and compete. I’m not saying we are going to win the league but I feel the players have gained more experience and we have bought in some good players.
Based on the other teams in the league, do you think this will be the most competitive season ever?: Yes. I believe with Hamilton coming down, the backing Hearts have now, also with FC Kilmarnock finishing second last year, it’s going to be tough but competitive. That’s what we want.
With the new season around a month away, how have preparations been so far?: They have been different to last season. There’s a different mentality and attitude to the players. They seem more focused and have that desire to do well.
Do you have plans to/have you had much change to the squad? What impact could this have on your season?: We have brought in a good mix of youth and experience which was vital. We had a young-ish squad but I feel the players we have brought in will compliment very well what we already had.
For perhaps new fans of the women’s game, who are some players in your squad they should look out for ?: We have a group of 19 players in the squad and I believe that anyone coming to the game will go away from it pleased with what they have seen from all our players.
You start the new season playing Dundee United, what do you make of that fixture?: It’s a local Tayside derby, need I say more!
How important do you think it will be to get off to a good start?: Every team will want to get off to a good start but it’s important, I feel, to set the standards early.
Given how big 2019 is for Scottish Women’s Football as a whole, how excited are you to be involved?: It’s a privilege to be involved with a fantastic group of dedicated players at a great club. I’m looking forward to the World Cup, so much so that I’m taking my family. My four year old, Macy, and two year old, Conor, will be there!
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and support your team this season?: These players are passionate about what they do and why they play the game. I’m certain once you’ve been once and witnessed the way they play and the honesty they show, you’ll be back. It will be the best football game you’ve seen for £3!