Forest’s loss is the Super League’s gain
With Nottingham Forest Ladies documented failed bid to be a competitor in the Women’s Super League, the club continues to face the knock on effects and are making rapid adjustment as a result.
Whilst the failed bid has brought about a decline in comparable financial investment, the club has worked to consolidate on significantly lower budgets in recent months but is now shouldering further blows on a different level.
With a flourishing squad and strong performances on the pitch in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division the club currently rides high in the Winter league table. So it is no surprise that this will be a talent pool magnet for WSL Clubs who want to bolster 1st Team and Developmental squads for their forthcoming Summer Season due to start in a matter of weeks.
Forest Ladies have a paradox in delight for recognition for these players but are now left depleted with the exodus of a handful of players in recent weeks with many fixtures still to fulfil.
The latest development is bittersweet is in that of the departure of club favourite, Reanne Thomas. Reanne Thomas now signs for WSL side Doncaster Belles to join former Forest players Lyndsey Cunningham and Lauren Creswell who have made their mark at this level in previous seasons.
Thomas had been with the club since joining the Under 10s and has flourished and grown to play as a regular 1st teamer for the past few seasons.
Lisa Dawkins, Director of Football at Forest has worked with Thomas in various capacities and says: Whilst I am deeply disappointed to lose Reanne Thomas from the Forest Ladies family I can’t help feeling relieved that she will be in good hands at Doncaster Belles, and is about to the enter the next phase in her football development. Reanne has been the heartbeat of the senior setup for many years, even though she is still the tender age of 22. Reanne will leave a massive hole to fill in many ways, but as witnessed in the game against Arsenal there are a few players willing to give their all to do just that.
I sincerely wish Reanne all the luck in the world and know that Doncaster will not yet fully realise what a talented player they have signed. I will look forward to watching her grace the WSL stage knowing that Forest Ladies have played a major part in her football development; she certainly deserves this opportunity and platform.
Pictured: Reanne Thomas on the far left as an Under 10 Forest Ladies player:
Paul Cudby, 1st team Manager Comments: "Having only known and worked with Reanne for a few months, it's a testament to her personality, technical attributes, and mainly her character to know that she will be missed so much by all of us here. She's been of great help to me personally, and I know for a fact that she'll have a tremendous impact on the WSL. It gives a great opportunity for some of our younger players now to take that extra step up and develop their leadership skills, Reanne's been a great role model to so many here at the club and I thank her from the bottom of my heart"
As a parting acknowledgment to Thomas’s contribution to Forest Ladies, she was gifted the Captain’s armband to lead the team in a high tempo Friendly evening fixture against WSL side Arsenal Ladies on Thursday, 20 February.
Thomas herself has mixed feelings about her departure and comments:
“Whilst I am delighted at the opportunity to have joined DRBLFC for the oncoming season I will hugely miss all associated with NFLFC where over the past 10 plus years I have accumulated so many great, great memories and friends. Thank you for all the support that has been shown during my career at the club, particularly during this decision to part. As always much love and best wishes for every success in both the near and far future."
Pictured below: Thomas in action.
Comments from fellow Forest Players on hearing the news:
Forest Ladies Captain Kelly Kennaugh: "It's been a pleasure playing alongside Reanne for many many years (I've lost count how many) she has a great character and outstanding football ability. She will be truly missed on and off the pitch and I personally wish her all the best in her football career and I’m sure she will go onto great things"
Andi Bell: "I'm really sorry to see Reanne leave but wish her all the best for a challenge I’m sure she'll succeed in. She'll be sorely missed both on and off the field. The 'banter' just won't be the same... cue the sick bag"
Charlie Griffin: "Brilliant football player even better person, privileged to have played with her, All the best for the future."
Amber Hughes: "One of a kind is our Reanne. She’s a great person to have in the changing room and an even better player on the pitch. She has the capability of making anyone laugh with her somewhat crazy sense of humour but also there to pick people up when needed. She is a great player and leader and will definitely go far in the game I wish her all the luck in the world!"
Meg Howard: "Playing with someone who is as talented and driven as Reanne has been an amazing experience!, she has been one of our main players and kept our structure solid throughout many games, she will be missed and it will have a huge impact on the team, but I wish her all the luck with Doncaster Belles, she deserves it and I know she will do us proud"
Annabel McKechnie: "It was announced to us all at the club yesterday that Reanne will be leaving Forest, this is a huge loss for the club not only because of her incredible talent on the pitch but also her huge personality off the pitch she keeps everyone smiling and motivated at the hardest of times. Reanne deserves to be playing in the WSL more than anyone I know and I'm thrilled she finally has her chance. Belles have secured a great signing in Reanne and I'm sure she will become a key player for them in their future success. I’m wishing Reanne all the best in her new challenge and looking forward to watching her excel in the WSL."
Natasha Meade: "Reanne will be missed at Forest Ladies, she is a great character in the changing rooms and is a great spirit in bringing players together, Good luck in the future at your new club"
Vanessa Kinnerley: "Going to miss your banter! who's food are we going to steal now? Good Luck at Doncaster Belles going to miss you x"
Forest Ladies 1st Team will play their next game away to Preston on Sunday, 9 March. Their following fixture will be in the Nottinghamshire FA County Cup Final against local rivals Radcliffe Olympic at Mansfield Hosiery Mills on Tuesday, 11 March. K.O 19:30
Nottingham Forest Ladies looking to enhance Junior Coaching Staff
Applications invited for:
Under 16’s Assistant Coach
Nottingham Forest Ladies Football Club have an exciting and challenging position available. NFLFC are looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic and committed U16’s Assistant Coach.
The Under 16’s currently play within the Notts Girls and Ladies League. NFLFC have reached significant milestones during their history and candidates who reflect the Club’s ambition and ethos will be well received. Importantly, those candidates with the relevant practical and knowledgeable skill set who can also demonstrate excellent people management skills will be acknowledged as a priority.
Applications Invited For:
Junior Goalkeeper Coach
Nottingham Forest Ladies Football Club have some prestigious, exciting and challenging positions available. NFLFC are looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic and committed Goalkeeper Coach for the Juniors.
NFLFC have reached significant milestones during their history and candidates who reflect the Club’s ambition and ethos will be well received. Importantly, those candidates with the relevant practical and knowledgeable skill set who can also demonstrate excellent people management skills will be acknowledged as a priority.
The position involves the co-ordination, organisation and delivery of well-structured and professional coaching sessions on training night (Wednesdays)
Desirable requirements for the above positions are as follows:
- Goalkeeper coach 1
If you are interested in this position please send your application, including an up to date CV, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding this position please do not hesitate to contact Fay on 07740 869 756
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