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22-year-old twins Carly and Gemma Hunt have joined Leeds United this week from Doncaster Rovers Belles. Carly and Gemma have both represented England, Gemma at under-18 level and Carly is a full international. During their five years in the Premier League, they have won two league championship medals and an FA Cup winners medal when they were at Croydon (now known as Charlton) and they were also FA Cup finalists with Doncaster Belles in 2002. Carly and Gemma both play predominately in midfield but both can be very versatile, Carly can play wide and in defence and Gemma can play as a striker.
Manager Julie Chipchase said: "It has been a good week at Leeds with the fantastic sponsorship deal and the signing of the twins, having previously worked with both Carly and Gemma at Doncaster Belles I am fully aware of the qualities they can bring to Leeds United. They are both strong, competitive players who want to be winners and are the type of players that will help Leeds continue to move forward. Both can play a number of positions, Carly is equally as strong in midfield as she is in defence. Gemma had a tremendous season, mostly playing up front last year for Doncaster, if you add to that their excellent technical ability it is a huge boost to have them on board for the coming season, there is certainly a buzz in the camp not only with the addition of Carly and Gemma but also with new signings Karen Walker and Jade Malpass.
Gemma said: "I had decided to leave Belles and having been managed by Julie before, we wanted to go to have a chat with Leeds. We went up to look around Thorp Arch and were so impressed by the facilities, the coaching and how the club is run, we have never experienced anthing like this before. We are both really looking forward to a fresh start and this new challenge, we believe Leeds have a big future in the Premier League.
"Leeds have brought in a few new players and having played with Kaz (Walker) for the last few years I know just how good she is. Carly has played with Sue Smith at international level before and we know just what a quality player she is, but there are plenty of other good players and some really talented younger players coming through as well.
Carly added:" I hadn't been enjoying my football and I wanted a fresh start.. A lot has gone on in the past and we want that to stay in the past, but not all what has been written and said about us is true. I have come to Leeds for a new challenge and we both want to be judged on what happens from now - we have learnt a lot from the past but we only look forward now. I believe Leeds have a great future and have thoughly enjoyed myself so far, they have some great players and really work hard in training. I would like to push to get my England place back and with the European Championships in England next summer it's even more special. Leeds have a great squad of players and it will do me good knowing I will have to work hard and play to the best of my ability just to get in the team."
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