Crawley Wasps have signed six new players ahead of their historic first season in the FA Women’s National League.
The list is headed by the experienced and versatile Charlotte Young, who just over a year ago was playing in the Women’s Super League with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Forward Sian Heather joins from FA Women’s Championship newcomers Lewes, while ex-Wales international Emma Plewa – whose former clubs include Chelsea and Tottenham – has also signed.
Full-back Abbie Measures (AFC Wimbledon) and striker Amy Woollard (Ascot United) complete the new faces, with midfielder Megan Stow – who had agreed to join last season – now available following a stint in US college football.
Every single member of the promotion-winning squad has also agreed terms for the new season.
Wasps take on Ipswich Town Ladies at The Haven, Crawley Down Gatwick FC (kick-off 2pm) in their first game in the fourth tier of women’s football.
Manager Paul Walker said: “We feel very confident with the squad we’ve assembled.
“Ipswich have recruited a number of new players and had a very strong second half of the season last year so I expect them to be good opposition for our opening game.”
Skipper Naomi Cole added: “There’s a real buzz about the club at the minute.
“The girls have been putting a lot of graft in in pre-season and we’re all excited. Ipswich will be a good benchmark for us.”
Walker is keen for locals in Crawley to get behind Wasps now they’re in the upper echelons of the women’s game, taking on the likes of Norwich, Cambridge, Luton, Leyton Orient and Stevenage.
“Our aim is for Crawley to have a top, top ladies side and we’re getting there,” Walker said.
“It’s an exciting prospect for the town – we’re going to try and do as much as we can to put on good shows week in, week out. We’d love to see more and more people come down and support us.”