Midfielder Chloe Peplow says she opted to join Doncaster Rovers Belles on loan in pursuit of more playing time, and is hoping the WSL 2 side can earn promotion to the top flight this season.
Peplow revealed to the Daily Cannon how things have gone with her new club, praising her City teammates for welcoming her into the club. The midfielder also gave England Women’s interim manager Mo Marley a glowing endorsement for the fulltime role.
You’ve recently joined Doncaster Rovers Belles on loan from Birmingham City Ladies. Why did you make the decision to move?
“I made the decision to move to Doncaster as I needed a new challenge and a better chance of getting match minutes consistently, as we are in preparation for the World Cup next summer.
“I want to put myself in the best possible position to be selected and competing for a starting spot.”
Since the switch, how have the last three weeks been at your new club?
“My first three weeks at the club have been great, all the girls have been welcoming and I have really settled in well. The atmosphere is positive and the fans have welcomed me as one off their own.”
You made your Doncaster Rovers debut against London Bees, starring in a 4-1 win at The Hive. What did you make of your performance and the team’s?
“It was a good result. As a team we were disappointed to concede, but there were lots of positives to take from it.
“To score four goals and get a win in your first game of the season is always a good start. I was happy to come off the bench to make my debut and contribute to a goal.”
Over the summer, you played for England in the U19 European Championships, finishing fifth in Northern Ireland. What was it like representing the Young Lionesses?
“Representing your country is an honour, especially in such a major competition and on a big stage.
“We were disappointed with our overall positioning, but qualifying for the World Cup is a major positive.”
Your manager at that time, Mo Marley, has since become interim head coach of the senior national team? How do you think she will fare in the role? What qualities does she bring?
“I have worked with Mo for a few years now. She is a great manager with lots of experience, and someone that would suit perfectly as manager of the senior lionesses.
“She is a very relaxed character and has proved she can win major competitions.”
As of your loan spell with Doncaster, you return to your parent club Birmingham City at the end of the year. Could you consider another loan switch if not playing on a regular basis?
“Yes, definitely. My main aim is to be playing consistently for a season whenever that might be.
“I would love to return to Birmingham and be playing on a consistent basis as it is a club I have spent my whole youth career at. But if that does not happen, another spell will be on the cards.”
In your football career, where do you hope you’ll be in five years’ time?
“In five years’ time, I would hope to be a consistent starter in the WSL 1, and at that point in my playing career where I would have some breakthrough with the senior Lionesses. I also hope to have won some silverware!”
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And finally, what are your hopes with Doncaster Rovers Belles in WSL 2 this season?
“Doncaster are a talented team with lots of experience, and everyone in the team would share the same hopes of winning the league.
“We’re focused on putting in some consistent performances throughout the season.”
Thanks for speaking with the Daily Cannon, Chloe. We wish you and Doncaster Rovers Belles all the best for the season.