Pedro Martinez Losa says Kelly Smith will act as a link between the players and the coaching staff in her new role with Arsenal Ladies.

England’s record goalscorer extended her contract with the club on Thursday after helping the Gunners lift the Continental Cup last season and recovering from a long-term ankle injury.

Smith spent her time on the sidelines assisting Losa and, although she is back to full fitness ahead of the new campaign, he says the forward still has an important role to play behind the scenes.

Her role in the team is to now be the link in the squad between the staff and the squad and she understands that very well

Pedro Martinez Losa

“She is going to be focused on her football this year,” the manager told Arsenal.com. “She is part of our staff and she is always welcome to give her thoughts and we are always open to receive her feedback.

“Her role in the team is to now be the link in the squad between the staff and the squad and she understands that very well. Her experience and how she works with the players is really important and we can use that in the group.

“She is fit now and she is mentally great. She is enjoying her football and I think she is going to help us in games. She can come into the game and change it. She is a player who can change it in a minute by scoring a goal. The character she brings is going to help us.

“Kelly loves the club so it is a love relationship. We are very proud to create those type of relationships, not only the football ones. For me, it is really important and we think we all made the right decision.

“She is putting effort in to develop herself as a coach and a member of staff and we are very happy to work together. She has time to develop to her coaching career, which is just starting for her, but she has to be patient.”

Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith

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Max Jones 25 Feb 2016