ALLAN MILNE has his eyes set on the league as his Women’s FC side got back underway for pre-season.

The Alloa Athletic Women FC were spotted back in training last week, getting ready for a packed pre season schedule for July and August.

Since coming in during last season, Milne and his backroom staff gave themselves the tasks of securing a strong finish before challenging for the league title this season.

Milne sat down with Advertiser Sport to discuss the atmosphere in the camp just now.

“Everyone has come back with positive attitudes,” he said. “They’re still coming back in dribs and drabs because of holidays.

“We factored that in when we decided to start back a little bit earlier than everyone else but we felt we needed to.

“We’re back and they’re positive, they’re working hard, we’ve had four sessions now and we had good numbers last Tuesday at training.

“We should just be getting bigger and bigger from there and then over the next couple of weeks, we should start to see new players coming in.”

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As part of their pre-season preparations, the Wasps announced a flurry of friendlies set for July and August.

Alloa kick off their pre-season with a visit from Linlithgow Rose at the Recs on July 7, followed up by a trip to Pitreavie Playing Fields to take on Bayside Ladies on July 9.

Next up is a clash with St Mirren WFC on July 14 at home and then a match against Stewarton United on July 21, the venue of which is yet to be decided.

The Wasps round off July with a tie against Giffnock SC on the 28th before their final friendly against Huntly FC on August 4, both at home.

Milne continued: “Every single friendly is going to have a different challenge for us which is key.

“I want to challenge them in different scenarios and different ways to see how they react and see how the new squad and team can gel together in those areas.

“We’re still recruiting but we’re looking to recruit from a level or two above, that’s the level of player we’re looking to bring in.

“We want to test ourselves against teams who are above us and that’s to do with our aspirations – we want to see how we compete against them and then if we do win the league and get promotion, we’ll know how to progress further and keep challenging.”

Milne and his backroom staff have been in charge at Alloa since January, replacing Charles Dignan who took up a job at Dunfermline Women.

He initially set his sights on balancing out the squad, learning what needed improved on before mounting a title challenge this season.

“The league is 100 per cent the aim this season,” Milne added. “That was mine and my coaching staff’s goal when we came in.

“In those first four months, we wanted to settle into a playing style, figure out what we wanted to do and set our standards for the group.

“We wanted to see how the group go, find out what we need to strengthen in and then get that ready for going on and challenging for the league this year.”