Kayleigh Green says Albion should be looking to challenge the top sides when the new Women’s Super League season begins in September.
Head Coach Hope Powell has bolstered her squad with the additions of Lee Geum-min, Inessa Kaagman, Nora Heroum, Katie Robinson and Katie Startup since the squad returned for pre-season training earlier this month.
Green said, “The girls are buzzing to be back at training and there’s a great energy around the place."
Albion finished with 13 points from 16 games when the 2019/20 WSL campaign was curtailed, and the 32-year-old Welsh international wants the Seagulls to kick on this season in a division she feels will be more competitive than ever.
“As a team we want to be higher up the league. We don’t want to just aim to stay in the WSL, we want to be competing with the best,” she added.
“We had a decent cup run and have got the quarter-final against Birmingham City to look forward to. Each year we are going from strength to strength and hopefully this season we will be higher up the table – that’s something we want to do.
“The WSL is massively improving all the time. If you look at the bottom of the table last season, a big name like Liverpool were fighting relegation so it shows the quality of team in the division.
“Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur came in and both finished in the top half. It’s definitely getting stronger.”
The Albion squad are heading to the national football centre at St George’s Park for a training camp next week when they will also play a behind closed doors friendly against Leicester City.
Powell said, “We’ve had a couple of really good weeks training and we’re looking forward to a change of environment and to using the world class facilities at St George’s.”