Mason hopes to add to Inverness Caledonian Thistle Women's ranks in time for start of Division One North
Karen Mason is hoping to welcome three new faces into her Inverness Caledonian Thistle Women’s squad ahead of the 2020 season.
Caley Thistle ended last season in second place in Division One North, but will remain in the league even with Hutchison Vale withdrawing from the league above, SWPL Two.
Promotion is likely to be Mason’s target, so having more options to pick from can only be a good thing.
Although she did not want to get ahead of herself before signings were registered, Mason was hopeful that the move can help those players progress in their football careers.
“It’s three youngsters who are coming through,” she explained.
“They have all come from Moray Ladies, and they want to step up their football and see whether they can progress with ourselves.
“I won’t give away names just yet until I’ve got their signatures written down, just in case it all blows up, but I’m hoping they will come through and take their place in senior football for the first time.”
ICT’s first training session ahead of the new campaign took place last weekend, and there were two familiar faces returning to the fold.
Jana Brady and Emma Baker have missed long stretches of action after needing operations, but both were back on the pitch last Sunday.
Mason says it will take a while for the pair to regain match fitness, but hopes they can return to the first team by the summer.
“They were back training for the first time, and they are probably a long way off in terms of game time,” Mason cautioned.
“Just the fact that they’re getting the ball back at their feet was really pleasing. To have them back in amongst the squad with their character amongst everybody is a really positive thing.
“They both really impressed me with their attitude and their determination. If both of them can get themselves fit and game ready, even by the halfway break, then it would definitely be like two new signings coming in again.”