‘It’s easy to me to say how wonderful the backroom staff are but I am sure if you ask around the game they will talk about the load management and medical provision at our club as being excellent for the players.
‘I am the person who loads the players but I work side by side with the doctor and the medical team to make sure we put them in the best possible position week in, week out.
‘It is the football coach’s job, not the science people. We have had an unbelievable record in the past five years.
‘You don’t get it right all the time but keeping players on the pitch and avoiding the number of muscle injuries you get is about understanding the right loads at the right time.’
Hayes is also delighted that Australia striker Sam Kerr has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping her at the club until the summer of 2024.
Kerr, 28, has scored 39 goals in 56 appearances since joining midway through the 2019/20 season, a record Hayes described as ‘nothing short of remarkable’.
‘Sam is one of the best strikers, if not the best striker in the world, and watching her develop in the past 18 months has been amazing,’ said Hayes.