Laura Johns says Adelaide United Women have made significant improvement as a team since Ivan Karlović has been at the helm.
The Reds experienced their most successful season last year but fell one point short of reaching a maiden finals appearance.
Speaking at the Club’s 2019/20 Season Launch, Johns hailed the impact Karlović has had on the team and turning them into a competitive outfit.
“I think my first season was in 2012 and for a while I left and went to the States and played,” she said.
“And every single year we had a different coach that had a different philosophy every year.
“But I think since Ivan has come on board I haven’t seen us do so well since the beginning of the W-League.
“He’s been great and I’ve to give credit to Ivan because he’s done a good job.”
The 25-year-old has amassed 27 matches for the Reds and was a consistent presence in defence after cementing her spot at left-back last campaign.
Over the off-season she played again with Adelaide University in the local Women’s National Premier League (WNPL), before re-signing with the side ahead of the Westfield W-League 2019/20 campaign.
Johns also spoke about balancing work or study with playing football.
“I think people don’t quite understand that we jump from training every day to potentially studying full-time or working full-time,” Johns admitted.
“But you get used to it and you find things that work. A lot of girls do it and I think it works well.
“We figure things out and then we start training again.”
FFA Cup Final 2019 Ticketing details
- Friday, 4 October 2019: 12:00pm (ACST) – Adelaide United Members presale (including same seat)
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