Glentoran Women's Nadene Caldwell (c) Aaron Agnew


In the first in our weekly series of interviews with the stars of the Danske Bank Women's Premiership, Glentoran Women's Nadene Caldwell discusses life at the Glens and returning home from a life in Australia.

Speaking to Jonny Martin, the centre midfielder said “Things are running a lot more smoothly now, I’m getting more game time for Glentoran after adjusting to life back home last season when I having returned from Australia. Last season I was struggling to break into the side and was just trying to settle after two years away from home. This season im really enjoying being back at Glentoran and I had no hesitation to play my football there".

"It was a difficult pre-season this year and we had tough start to the season playing against Crusaders Strikers, Sion Swifts and Linfield Ladies - the league's current top three teams. We knew we would have liked to have hit the ground running and we would have liked to have picked up more points but we are looking forward to hopefully collecting our first league win against Derry City and kick start a run.”

Caldwell says it was a real lift to the club signing Demi Vance and Aoife Lennon along with two new centre backs. “Its great to have Demi back, myself and Demi played out in Australia for just over two years and its great she’s back playing in the same team as me. As for Aoife she’s a quality player, she’s really strengthened the squad and I feel we are beginning to gel.”

Playing at The Oval has also been a massive lift to the squad said Caldwell “walking down the tunnel and even being in the changing room you and sense all the history and it has given the squad a lift and motivates us to perform.”

Looking to the Derry City Ladies game Nadene said, “They are not there to be underestimated, their result against Sion Swifts shows the quality they have, we’ll have to approach the game with caution and find out how they are approaching the game. Its important to focus on ourselves and the main game plan is to play well and get three points and kick start our season”.

Glentoran Women's FC face Derry City Ladies tonight (Wednesday) at Ashfield Boys School in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership (kick-off: 8pm)

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