Coventry City's rise through the women's football pyramid was completed last season when they won promotion from a tight Northern Division last season. Last campaign Emily Simpkins was with rivals Leicester City and helped them to challenge the Sky Blues for the second promotion spot before making the move during the summer. Emily gives us a run down of her new team mates.
INS: Emily Simpkins, Maz Gauntlett, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (all Leicester City), Kerrie Manley (Nottingham Forest).
GROUND: The Oval, Coventry Road, Bedworth, CV12 8NN (Home of Bedworth United FC).
"I signed on the back-end of last season so I wasn't actually part of the club then, I was playing for Leicester. We almost beat Coventry last season and from there they obviously rated me and asked me to sign for this year. Man City would have been disappointed because they started really well, which I think was due to a few Super League players helping them out. It was a disappointment for Leicester because I felt we could have won the league as well."
"We have a big squad at the moment so my personal objective is to play week in, week out and keep my position. For Coventry, we will just take every week as it comes and perform as a team. It is really exciting, especially being with a new club and new players as well."
KEY PLAYER: SUE WOOD
"Our goalkeeper because I know from last season she was a massive part of why they got promoted, she is a quality keeper so I think she will make a few good saves this year and win a few points for us along the way. Obviously I want to be a key player as well and I feel I have a point to prove; to prove why they wanted to sign me."
ONE TO WATCH: KAYLEIGH STEELE
"We don't really now who is going to play every week because of the amount of players we have but I would say we have a good, young right-back. She has looke decent in pre-season and she is pretty quick as well."
BEST SIGNING: MAZ GAUNTLETT
"I am still getting to know all the players but I would say Maz Gauntlett, who I played with at Leicester. I rate her, she is a good forward and will always pop up with important goals for us."
CAPTAIN: NATASHA LYNCH
"She has been good, especially when I started training ith the club. She was keen for me to join, everybody respects her and you know that if anything needs sorting out, she will do that so she is a good role model for the players."
MANAGER: PAUL CUDBY
"You can tell he loves the club, he is a massive part of it. I don't know how long he has been a part of it but he manages really well, especially with the amount of players. He stresses it is important that we enjoy our football and that we have good team spirit and togetherness."
Who do you think will be the biggest title threat? "Probably Sunderland, there are some good teams but they seem to be really strong. Also our rivals Aston Villa will be a good game."
Can you predict the WPL's round one scores?
Aston Villa 1-2 Barnet
Charlton 0-3 Nott'm Forest
Leeds 1-1 Watford
Reading 0-2 Coventry
Sunderland - Cardiff
WSR's Verdict: 7th. Will have momentum from their promotion last season and have strengthened wisely, adding a number of players from Leicester including two strikers that hit 18 goals in the Northern Division last term so certainly will be a threat going forward.
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