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Argyle Ladies Management TeamTHE future is looking bright for Plymouth Argyle Ladies after securing the services of manager Dave Leonard and his assistant Travis Rowland for next season.

Affectionately known as Lens, the experienced coach took over the reins toward the end of last season and, while it was too late to save the Ladies from relegation, a terrific upsurge in performance levels showed the message was getting over to a talented group of players.

The Pilgrims finished their campaign with an impressive 2-2 draw against QPR and also secured the Devon Cup title under the stewardship of Leonard and Rowland with a superb performance against Marine Academy Plymouth at Devon FA headquarters.

“I am thrilled and excited to be staying on for another year,” said Leonard. “The only regret is that last season came to an end just as the players were getting more familiar to a new approach.

“We have a strong nucleus in the squad and there is a work ethic that gives me great belief that we can achieve something special next season, with the ultimate ambition of winning promotion.”

Mark Lovell, Argyle Community Trust Manager, added: “Lens has done a great job in galvanising the team and it is excellent news for the club that has agreed to stay on as manager.

“We now have continuity and a consistent message for the players, who I’m sure will return for pre-season full of determination to keep developing as individuals and as a team.”

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