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Sophie Walton signs

8 August 2020

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Sheffield United Women have added experienced midfielder Sophie Walton to their squad ahead of the new FA Women's Championship season.

Walton joins after a year with FA Women's National League side Nottingham Forest, but the 30-year-old comes with a wealth of top level experience.

She made her debut for Leeds United back in 2005, spending five years with the club, culminating in a Premier League Cup win in a side which included the likes of Ellen White, Carly Telford and Sue Smith.

Walton joined Lincoln Ladies for the start of the new FA Women's Super League in 2011 and remained with the team when they became Notts County in 2014. A year later Walton played in the first FA Cup final at Wembley before moving onto Doncaster after a year out of the game to give birth to her first child.

The midfielder helped the Belles to the FA WSL 2 title before she joined local side Guiseley Vixens in 2018, spending a year there before joining Forest last summer.

Following in the footsteps of brother Simon who joined the club on loan in 2010 only for an injury to cut his spell at the club short, the former England youth team player is looking forward to stepping back up a level ahead of the new season.

""I'm over the moon to have got the deal done. It took me a while after having my first child to probably get back to the level I used to be at but I want to play at the highest level I can and I wanted and needed to push myself.

"I only heard good things from last season and hopefully we can go one better this season. I know a few of the players. I've played with Lea and Kasia and Jade with Doncaster Belles but I like to get involved straight away and get to know people, but it always helps having a few familiar faces."


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