Crawley Wasps have signed midfielder Darcey James from Sussex neighbours Lewes FC Women.
James has made 18 appearances in the FA Women’s Premier League this season and further strengthens a Wasps squad currently on track to become champions of the London & South East Premier Division.
She had joined the Rookettes last summer after playing in the US college system, and has also played professionally in Iceland.
Wasps manager Paul Walker said James’ arrival, coming so soon after the signings of ex-Lewes defender Rachel Palmer and former Brighton goalkeeper Leah Samain, was a further endorsement of the club’s growing reputation.
He added: “I consider this another important signing to a squad I believe will be capable of mounting a challenge in the new FA Women’s National League South East, as the division above will be called next season.
“Darcy fits the bill in terms of the quality of player we are seeking to sign in order to create a sub-elite level ladies side for Crawley, which is what we will have for the first time on securing promotion.
“I am very grateful to Lewes FC Women and my opposite number John Donoghue for releasing Darcey from her contract in time for her to be signed by us before the close of the transfer window.
“It is a clear example of Lewes putting a player’s interest before their own.”
James will feature in the squad for Wasps’ league game against Watford LFC Development on Sunday, which has been switched to Steyning Town’s 3G facility (2.30pm kick-off).