Preparations for Adelaide’s next W-League season have begun

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Adelaide United narrowly avoided the wooden spoon and coach Ivan Karlovic says they already have a plan to make sure they are not in the same predicament next year.

United avoided the W-League’s last-place honours after they defeated the Newcastle Jets 2-1 on Thursday.

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Karlovic said the side had already had discussions about a plan of attack to lift their quality to match the league next season.

”I think over the last two or three years we have improved what we do in the offseason and this year we are going to take it up another step,” he said.

”They are a young group and the issue we have is that they don’t get enough high-quality games over the course of the year so they come into the W-League not quite ready.

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”It’s a high tempo and we have to replicate that because we don’t have the luxury of having players who go overseas, play in high-quality competitions and come back to us.”

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Adelaide finished the season with just their second win and a +3 goal difference, which relegated Newcastle to the bottom of the table.

The Jets were coming off a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Melbourne Victory and they struggled to deal with United’s pressure throughout the match.

In the end, it was a match that had everything but ultimately meant next to nothing.

The Reds have been the active team in the majority of their matches this season but have failed to score enough goals and were let down by defensive frailties.

Karlovic was proud of the way the girls played throughout the season but ultimately the campaign was one of disappointment.

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”We are disappointed because we want to be closer to the finals but we have improved the way we play and the local girls in the squad have raised their levels,” he said.

”Last week we had nine players in the squad who were under 21 so it is an extremely young squad but we have a lot of South Australian girls who we will continue to build with.

”Hopefully, we can keep the group together and in the next two or three years, we are really up there contending.”

Adelaide has 14 players who will return to NPL clubs during the W-League offseason and look to impress Karlovic.

NPL South Australia begins next weekend as Chelsie Dawber, Dylan Holmes, Isabel Hodgson, Georgia Campagnale and Matilda McNamara look to defend the title with Adelaide City.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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