22 March 2012
Injured Smith Will Guide Youngsters
Belles’ youngsters need to believe in themselves a bit more, according to sidelined star Sue Smith.
England legend Smith – out for the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury – told the Free Press this week she hopes to play a hands-on role with coaching once she ditches her crutches.
The experienced forward saw plenty of positives in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Bristol Academy in the FAWSL Continental Cup and is keen to take the club’s young guns under her wing.
Smith said: ‘I thought the girls were unlucky against Bristol and that we did enough for a point.
‘Aine O’Gorman was unlucky with the effort that hit the post and I think you could see during the game we have a lot of good young players coming through here.
‘Alyssa (Lagonia) looks a tidy player in the number ten role and we’ve got the likes of Millie (Bright) up front, with Julie-Ann Russell and Aine on the other side.
‘We’ve got a lot of players with potential here, I just think they need to believe in themselves a bit more.
‘But a lot of them are still young and still learning.
‘As soon as I can walk properly I’d love to get involved in the coaching side of things or whatever capacity John (Buckley) wants.
‘Hopefully I’ll be able to pass on a few bits of advice throughout the season.
‘I’m a terrible watcher and I just want to stay involved,’ she added.
‘I’m absolutely gutted to be missing the season and I knew as soon as it happened it was something serious.
‘I wanted to do well for the people of Doncaster, I’d just got back in to the England team and there was the potential of the Olympics, so it could’ve been a massive year.
‘But the focus has to be moving on from it now and concentrating on my recovery post the operation.'