Lipka relishing pre-season ahead of WSL start
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Midfielder Kasia Lipka spoke to the official Doncaster Rovers Belles website on Wednesday about the upcoming WSL 1 season.

The England under-23 international is currently enjoying pre-season with the club, with the incredible Project Phoenix in full flow.

Lipka excited about what is on the horizon

Lipka was one of the first players to be afforded a professional deal, in what has been an incredibly busy window for the Keepmoat outfit.

"We're enjoying being full time," she admitted. "We feel like we've hit the ground running; we've already noticed a difference."

These words are music to the ears of the Yorkshire outfit's fans, as well as manager Glen Harris.

Lipka said "everyone hit it off straight away" at a team bonding day, saying they're "starting to gel on the pitch as well" after "everyone just got on from the off".

Brilliant summer business

The Doncaster boss brought in several big names through-out the transfer window, as well as tying down the key players that earned them promotion last year.

Keeping the likes Lipka, Sue Smith and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk showcased the ambition that is currently surrounding the club.

The arrivals of Natasha DowieKatrin Omarsdottir and Becky Easton, amongst others, further emphasises the Belles' desire to progress.

Lipka will be a big part of Doncaster's future success. | Image credit: Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Lipka will be a big part of Doncaster's future success. | Image credit: Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Competition for places is a good thing

Understandably, the battle for places has risen as a result. This is not something that will phase Lipka, however.

"The competition all over the pitch is great which gives us a lot of options," she said.

The 22-year-old thinks having "a strong squad is really important", as well as "different types of players" because it is "a long season".

Personal and team goals

"It's definitely something I want to add to my game," Lipka confirmed.

This was in relation to grabbing more goals in pre-season than in the last two WSL seasons. She wants "to get more goals" and "be bit more creative further up the pitch".

Many have tipped the Belles to put in a similar performance to that of Sunderland Ladies last season.

Lipka thinks they can aim higher than staying up: “The priority is to stay up but I think we all know we can be better than that and hopefully we can surprise quite a few people."

She concluded, "We have the belief in the squad that we can do more than just stay up."