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Reading FC Women sign trio

25 June 2014

Squad strengthed

Reading FC Women have made three new signings as the Women's Super League mid-season break draws to a close.

Laura May Walkley joins from Cardiff Met Ladies, Megan Ryan has arrived from Arsenal Ladies while Bonnie Horwood has made the move from Watford Ladies.

Between the ages of 16 and 18, Laura attended Arsenal Ladies Academy before returning home to Wales to represent Swansea in the Welsh Premier League. With Swansea, she competed in the Champions League group stage in 2010/11 and in 2011/12.

In 2013, Laura signed for Bristol Academy in the WSL and moved on to Cardiff Met Ladies for season 2013/14, where she won the league in the Welsh Premier League. Laura is at Cardiff Metropolitan University studying Sports Coaching and Development, and plays football for the University.

"I am glad that Laura has agreed to become a part of Reading FC," said manager Jayne Ludlow. "She is a combative, creative midfield player who has senior international experience. I worked with Laura at Arsenal Ladies academy a few years back and it’s great to have the opportunity to do so again."

Meanwhile, Megan was captain of the development squad at Arsenal and won the league and cup double with them last season. She has been at Arsenal for five years, coming through their Centre of Excellence after she spent time in New Zealand, where she was part of their U15s national side. Megan is now currently studying at degree in Law at Reading University.

Jayne said, "Megan joins us from Arsenal Ladies where she finished a very successful season campaign as their Development Squad captain and winning the league and cup double. She is a young central defender, who reads the game really well."

Bonnie joins the royals from Watford Ladies, where she spent the first part of the WSL season. Before signing for the Hornets, Bonnie spent her time with Lincoln Ladies (Now Notts County) in the WSL from 2011 to 2013. During this time she went to Watford Ladies on loan during the break between season where she made 11 appearances last season and scored two goals, and then went on to reach the Continental Cup Final in 2013 with Lincoln.

"It's great to welcome Bonnie to the club," Ludlow added. "She is a combative, box to box midfielder who fits in well with our plans for the future. Bonnie has experience at the top level and has represented England U23s  and we are looking forward to helping her develop to push for future international recognition and help the team develop."
 
The three players will hope to be involved in the Royals first game back on Saturday against Aston Villa at Farnborough FC, 6pm kick off.
 

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