Sam Tierney

Tierney: Value Consistency

Sam Tierney has been putting in the work during the off-season in order to build towards a better and improved campaign with LCFC Women.
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- Sam Tierney spoke about last season and how she has been preparing this summer
- The midfielder played in every single game for the Foxes last term
- City’s No.3 collected her 100th Club appearance during the 2023/24 season

As we head into July, eyes begin to look forward, focusing on the new challenge at hand rather than that of the year gone. During a spell of downtime for players and teams alike, we caught up with Tierney, to see how the midfielder has been recovering from a nonstop campaign.

Explaining how she has wanted to turn off from the everyday commitment that is required to thrive in a pressurised environment, the City player has enjoyed some time away, but is now preparing for all the important return to Belvoir Drive.

“I’ve been taking some time to switch off,” Tierney stated. “Spend time with family and friends which has been nice because when you’re in the season, it’s difficult to have that.

“I’ve been enjoying a bit of sun, but as most players will say, you never really stop. But I’ve been taking time to do different things, go to different gyms, do different sports and have a bit of fun with it.

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Sam Tierney
Sam Tierney

The midfielder has been working hard during the off-season.

“For me, I switch off by having quality time with people, so trying to be off my phone and disconnect from football updates. Of course, I’m still a fan at heart, and I’ve been watching the Euros, but trying to watch it in a different light and enjoy it.

“Seeing different places is also key; I went to Sevilla and saw all the incredible views and buildings, so it’s about doing different things that you can’t do as much when you’re in the fast-paced nature of the season.”

No surprise to any of the Foxes faithful that watch the midfielder play week in week out, Tierney keeps to a regiment throughout the break to make sure she remains in top condition – outlining her main objective of supporting the Club in any way she can.

Giving herself a couple of weeks after the final day of the season to rest and relax, the former Doncaster Belles player went on to speak about how she likes to mix up her usual routine, by playing different sports and relying on the support of others to keep her focused.

“I always try to take the first two weeks after the season to do nothing,” Tierney continued. “That’s when I usually have most of my holiday and not feel guilty about sunbathing, allowing myself those two weeks.

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Sam Tierney

Spending time with fans.

“After that, it’s about building myself up with running and my gym programme as it’s a good time to work on intricate stuff. I’ve got a great support network outside of football, but I think what I like most at this time is doing my training away from a usual environment so I can refresh.

“Doing different styles of training during the off-season is fun, and a way to reset, but with my performances, it’s about consistency. Doing what’s asked for me and required of me – basically doing what I’m told.”

The two-month long break allows time for reflection, and while the midfielder understands there were key positives to take, she admits the final standings were not the ideal outcome for a club who set out higher ambitions.

Tierney added: “As a player, I’m very critical, first and foremost of myself. I personally am not happy with the league position we finished in. I think most people at the Club would agree with me.

“We had higher expectations and ambitions for ourselves, but saying that, we did progress in a lot of areas, working on different styles of play, working on new formations and gelling with new players.

Next season is one where we need to start taking those learnings and putting them into action.

Sam Tierney

“The FA Cup run was fantastic for us and if anything, having my critical hat on, the semi-final was disappointing. I think it was a great opportunity for us, but you have to put the positive spin on it and hopefully we can progress from that point.

“Making 100 appearances for the Club was also a great achievement and I’m very grateful for that. I just want to build on that and hopefully be better next year.”

A second year running of finishing in 10th position of the Barclays Women’s Super League was accompanied with a highest-ever points tally. The Foxes also scored more goals, conceded fewer and guaranteed safety with four games still to play, compared to the 2022/23 campaign.

In a challenging season, with a lot of change, Tierney discussed the fine margins in games which she believes shows development within the Club; frustrated to be held to draws rather than seeing out the victory.

Looking ahead to kickstarting a fourth season in England’s top flight, Tierney hopes that this is the time that learnings are put into practice, speaking with determination to continue giving everything for a Club that means so much to her.

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Sam Tierney

Speaking on the importance of learning from last season.

“You learn something from every season,” the 25-year-old voiced. “What was interesting about last season is that when we look back, there were a lot of games where we think we should’ve won or at least drawn.

“That’s a very different perspective to previous years where you might look back and think that was a fair result. It shows the development and standards we've got. Especially for myself, I look back and think it was fine margins.

“They are important lessons to learn but we’re getting used to the league now, having been in it a number of years. Next season is one where we need to start taking those learnings and putting them into action.

“I value consistency and I want to keep contributing to the Club as much as possible. I feel that I’ve got a lot more to give and Leicester is a club that is close to my heart. As a player, I think about the game a lot. 

“So, this year is going to be about adapting so that I can help this team to do better because I think we’ve got the perfect opportunity to do so.”

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