Umeå on Ma: We had expected more

When Chinese star Ma Xiaoxu joined Umeå early this spring, she was described as a "super talent" and "already a world class player". But so far she has not been able to fulfil the expectations and Umeå's management has not yet decided if they want to sign a new contract with her when the current expires in August. "If we had been certain that we wanted to keep her, we would have made her an offer already", commented Umeå's manager Roland Arnqvist.
Ma has been considered to have been somewhat pampered in China and not working hard enough on matches and in traning in Umeå. She also had to take extra fitness training sessions in the spring. "I'm not saying we're not satisfied with her, but she has another level that we haven't been able to bring out of her", says Arnqvist. Umeå's other young foreign talent, Swiss Ramona Bachman, has managed to cope with the transition better. Coach Jeglertz thinks that is because she's younger and more receptive to instructions.
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Umeå is already looking forward to the next season and beyond. Two young 1st division talents, Lina Frank (Gideonsberg) and Sara Fröjdfeldt (Eskilstuna United) has joined Umeå for a summer try-out. But Jeglertz says the club will not try to get any reinforcements before the World Cup, but might try to sign a player from one of the European World Cup teams after the championships.
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Bottom-dweller Qbik has signed Scotland international Nicky Grant (98 caps). She got in touch with the club through her Scotland team mate Ifeoma Dieke. Coach Jansson points out that she is not a player of the same class as the international players that has been with Qbik earlier, "but she is good enough to compete for a spot on the team". Grant, who is a teacher, will stay with the team for 7 weeks during her summer holidays.
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