Darke says Millers must believe to ensure hard work pays off

Rotherham United Ladies manager Simon Darke says the rebuilding process at the club is well underway and is keen to ensure his side reap the rewards of a summer of hard work both on and off the field.

The Millers’ boss admits that he is under no illusions that his side face an uphill battle as they look to re-establish themselves in the WPL, but insists he has confidence in a group that are always looking to improve.

“After a raft of changes and only a handful of players remaining from last season, I am aware of the challenges that face the team this season,” Darke told the official matchday programme.

“However, the group have shown a really positive attitude and I’m confident that we will make huge improvements over the course of the season.

“I think it’s important as a footballer that you are always open to learning new things and constantly trying to be better than the last match.

“I am now looking to build a team that are going to stay together as a group for the long-term future.

“I have faith that the players we have brought together are going to build an excellent reputation for the club and in turn that will help build support and attract players.

“We will still be looking to make one or two additions but my main focus is to support the players at the club and ensure that they play to their full potential as individuals and as a team.”