Yeovil Town Ladies’ busy closed-season

YEOVIL Town have also been busy in the closed-season, signing Paige Sawyer (from Bristol City) and the returning Kayleigh Green from Italian club ASD Calico Femminile Chieti.

SWITCHING SIDES: Paige Sawyer, who made the move from Bristol City to West Country rivals Yeovil Town ahead of the new
SuperLeague One season
Picture: Robbie Stephenson / JMP

Angharad James has joined Everton, and also going through the exit door were Hannah Short (to Oxford United), Steph Williams (Oxford United), Sarah Wiltshire (Tottenham Hotspur), Natalie Haigh (Coventry United), and Molly Clark (Portsmouth).

Nia Jones left the sport along with goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes.

It didn’t take Short long to be fixed up with a new club and the 24-year-old is delighted to have signed for SuperLeague Two outfit Oxford United.

‘It feels good to have made a decision,’ she said. ‘I am finally able to focus on the season ahead.

‘I saw some of the early signings and they made quite a statement that the club are moving in the right direction.

‘I knew Andy (manager Andy Cook) as well, from playing under him at Herts University, and I know I’ll work well for and with him.’

Yeovil return to their pre-season commitments today with the first team and development team travelling to Slough Town for friendlies against Watford.

First up at Stoke Road is the development squad, with John Scott’s young side due to kick-off at 1.00 pm.

That match will be followed by Jamie Sherwood’s first-team game against SuperLeague Two side Watford (3.30 pm).

Yeovil have already held a behind-closed-doors friendly against Plymouth Argyle which ended 1-1.

Meanwhile, former Bristol City Academy and community director Amy Kington has been tasked with leading a ‘transformational change’ programme at Yeovil that will involve working closely with the Board and senior leaders to reach ‘a higher level of strategic execution’.

Explained club chairman Steve Allinson: ‘We are an ambitious club committed to developing a sustainable and innovative business model that adapts, innovates and envisions the future in women’s football.

‘We are working hard to create economic opportunities and leverage resources that will enable our players to compete at the highest level and ensure that our fans are able to enjoy a wonderful match- day experience.’

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