By Oisín Bradley
It’s changes aplenty for those at Galway WFC, with centre-back Shauna Fox taking over as the club’s Senior Team captain for the 2021 SSE Airticity Women’s National League campaign.
Fox is a player who has been on the books at Galway WFC for much of her time in football, joining the club at its inception in 2012 when she was still in her mid-teens. Aged 24, this will be Fox’s ninth year at the club, and despite only being in her mid-20s, the former Castlebar Celtic woman will likely be seen by Billy Clery, Dave Bell and the rest of the management team as a Senior figure in the dressing room.
Fox is taking over as captain from her centre-back partner for much of last season, Keara Cormican. Per the new skipper, the women from the West have their eyes firmly set on the top of the Women’s National League as they target the club’s first piece of silverware in the upcoming season.
“Overall, (we) strive for success as a team and aim for the top of the league in the coming season,” Fox stated. “We’re forming a very good team with a mix of both youth and experienced players, and pre-season is going good, so hopefully that will show as we go into a fresh start.”
Clery’s side’s pre-season schedule took somewhat of a hit in late February with the cancellation of a pre-season clash with the reigning League champions Peamount United in Athlone. However, the pre-season schedule for the girls in maroon is still jam-packed, with two games vs Athlone Town on the menu as well as clashes with new coach Dave Bell’s former side Shelbourne prior to the resumption of action in the Women’s National League.
Fox, Clery and the rest of the Galway WFC squad and backroom team get back into competitive action at the end of the month, when Cork City make the trip to Eamonn Deacy Park on March 27th.