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Sheffield United sign Kasia Lipka

16 August 2019

Sheffield United have added former Doncaster Rovers Belles and Sunderland midfielder Kasia Lipka to their squad.

Lipka, 26, came through United's Regional Talent Centre as a 16-year-old after spending a decade of her childhood at the club's academy, now she returns as a first team player after a lengthy injury lay-off.

The former England Under-23 international injured her ACL in May 2018 in a FA Women's Super League game for Sunderland against Chelsea but has been taking part in light training with her new team mates during pre-season.

Lipka previously spent eight years with the Belles, helping her side to promotion to the FA WSL in 2015 while playing alongside Sophie Barker, Sam Tierney and Leandra Little.

The 26-year-old also won gold for Team GB at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan in a side which included Fran Kirby, Demi Stokes and Izzy Christiansen.

The midfielder has over 100 appearances between the top two tiers of English football and should provide Carla Ward with even more quality in the middle of the park.

"It's been six months of trying to conclude this deal as we know Kasia is WSL quality, so we're delighted she's decided to come home," said the manager.

"I think when a player spent her entire childhood here it becomes a key selling point. She's gone away and competed at the highest level, so she comes back with a huge amount of experience and we can't wait to have her in the squad."

After 10 years at the club as a youngster, Lipka is looking forward to returning now as a first team player for the 2019/20 season.

"It felt like a homecoming walking back into the academy, I felt really comfortable to be coming back into that environment.

"It's a club going in the right direction and it's an extra special move for me for so many reasons. It's nice to be coming into a team where I already know a lot of the players. I played against Carla Ward and the fact she wanted me involved was a big confidence boost for me, particularly coming back from injury."

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