Sheffield United Ladies have made a significant signing with Carla Ward becoming a Blade.
As the Ladies push for a second consecutive promotion, Carla becomes assistant manager to Dan O'Hearne and is set to offer her experience of playing at a higher level.
Lee Walshaw, general manager of United Ladies, commented: "We've said right from the off that we want to be playing at the highest level and the upcoming restructure of the women's game gives clubs an opportunity to bid for a place higher up the pyramid. Carla's undoubted knowledge and experience of that level will be invaluable and we'll be working closely together behind the scenes as we plan for the future of United Ladies.
"It is a feather in our cap that Carla has chosen to come to United and everyone hopes we can move forward together."
Carla arrives at Bramall Lane having played in the FA Women's Super League. She represented Sheffield FC 221 times and scored over 100 goals, captaining and playing a big role in the Dronfield-based club's achievements of recent years.
She will now share her experience with United. Carla added: "Once I left Sheffield FC, there were numerous offers but this is the one that stood out for me. People are well aware of Kevin McCabe's plans for United Ladies and people in the game are standing up and taking notice, I'm very excited by the project, one thing that has stood out from the meetings is the ambition of the club and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in."
United currently sit fourth in the FA Women's Premier League Midlands Division after winning promotion last season.