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Royals Women bolster ranks with double swoop

Treble WSL1 winner and Hoffenheim defender join Royals

9 July 2018

Reading FC Women put out a statement of intent over the weekend, signing three-time WSL1 winner and England international, Gemma Davison.

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The winger joins from Chelsea, having won the league and FA Cup double with the Blues last season.

Davison has a wealth of experience in the game, having spent time at Arsenal, Liverpool and taken in several spells in the highly competitive National Women's Soccer League in the USA.

Upon signing for the Royals, Davison said: “I was really impressed with Reading last year, having played against them twice I think they were by far the toughest team I came up against.

"They’ve got some great players and obviously being coached in the right way and I want to be a part of it.”

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Manager Kelly Chambers added: "Gemma is a fantastic player, who will be a great addition to our squad.

"Gemma brings a huge amount of experience at this level and definitely brings us more strength and depth to build on our successes from last season."

Reading FC Women also recently announced the signing of defender, Sophie Howard from German side 1899 Hoffenheim.

The Scotland international now has 10 caps under her belt after switching her allegiance from Germany last year, and she joins the Royals ahead of the upcoming WSL1 season.

Upon signing her contract, Howard said: “Reading has shown to be a really competitive team and not only wanting to compete with the best teams, but wanting to be one of the best teams.

"That’s really something every player is striving for and to be a part of.” 

Manager Chambers added: “I had watched a lot of Sophie and she was someone I really wanted to bring into the squad.

"She is a player who has great attributes that fits into the way we play perfectly.”

The new Women's Super League season gets underway in September, with the fixtures for the season ahead due to be released in the coming weeks.

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