LFC Women'It's very special' - Ceri Holland honoured by Players' Player of the Year award
Ceri Holland felt honoured after being named Liverpool FC Women's Players' Player of the Year.
The Wales international has enjoyed a fantastic season on the club’s return to the Barclays Women’s Super League, making 19 appearances and netting four goals from midfield.
And the Reds’ No.18 received her Player of the Year accolade before kick-off in last Saturday’s season finale against Manchester United.
“I think it’s one of the most special awards that you can win, it’s very, very special because they see you day in, day out,” Holland told Liverpoolfc.com. “I’m very thankful for them and it’s been a fantastic season.
“Personally it’s been really good this season. I’ve been able to kick on in this league and kind of cemented myself in the team and that has been really positive.
“I think as a team we’ve been very good. I don’t think anyone expected us to do as well as we possibly did so I think we’ve had a really good season and we can build on that for the next one.”
Matt Beard’s side finished the campaign in seventh place in the WSL, with the visit of United seeing a record-breaking attendance for LFC Women at Prenton Park of 5,778 supporters.
“I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, the atmosphere was fantastic, we gave them a very good game and I thought there were moments where we were very good,” Holland reflected on the narrow 1-0 loss.
“Our fans were fantastic as always and it was amazing to see so many inside Prenton Park, I’ve never seen it that full and if we can create that atmosphere for every home game next season then I think we will be in a really good place.”
Last weekend’s fixture included emotional farewells and presentations, too, with seven of the Reds squad set to depart the club in the summer.
Ashley Hodson, Rylee Foster, Leighanne Robe, Rhiannon Roberts, Megan Campbell, Carla Humphrey and Charlotte Clarke will embark on new chapters in their careers.
“That’s the really sad part of football, losing people every single year,” said Holland.
“You are losing friends as well as teammates and that’s the difficult part of the game, but good luck to them and they have been absolutely fantastic for this football club and they deserve every single credit that they are getting.
“It would have been amazing had Razza [Roberts] scored near the end, I thought it was going top bin! I’ve seen Razza score so many of them in training but she was fantastic when she came on and all the other girls that came on.”