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Keynsham Town have announced ten new signings to their club for the 2008-09 season.
Manager Barrie Newton is delighted with the 10 senior signings which he believes will add greatly to the depth of the players at the club. "This season we will have genuine competition for every position on the field," he says. "That can only be healthy and of benefit to everyone.
"Amongst the ten, we welcome back Brianna Oeser who played just 60 minutes on trial before her awful injury last season and she has now returned to sign after a much quicker recovery than expected. Brianna has a useful goal scoring record and will be a good acquisition to our squad.
"From Cardiff City, Dana Hinton will be a welcome addition in either midfield or defence. From Bristol University, we have signed defender Shereen Cordy and forward Frankie Stone, who is well known to us from her days at Torbay Ladies in the South West League and we look forward to her developing her football career at Keynsham. The coaching staff are convinced she can make the transition to the top level.
"With Steph Gadd's retirement from higher level football, we have recruited former Bristol City goalkeeper, Kim Jones. Returning to the club afer a spell in the Midlands, primarily with Wolves, is Jo Slucutt, a strong left sided player both in defence and midfield.
"From Brazil, we have signed a player we have known about and tracked for some time, Claudia Policarpo. She is a natural finisher from midfield, but understandably will need to acclimatise to conditions here. Like many Brazilians, Claudia has a playing name which is 'Nunu'.
"Perhaps two key signings that I expect to make a special impact are Ashley Reinecke, signed from Seton Hall University in New Jersey and Helen Bleazard, who has joined from Bristol Academy. Ashley only contacted us about three weeks ago after she was given our details by England star Kelly Smith, who used to play at Seton Hall. Judging by our tour matches in Holland, Ashley should end our search for greater solidity in midfield. Helen is a potential match winner and I think her pace from the right wing will unsettle defences. I was not surprised to see her scoring on her debut (against Portsmouth) on Sunday and we have set her a good target as a midfielder. It is pleasing to have added a player of her quality, who already has England Under-17 honours, to our squad.
"Last, but not least, we have re-signed Adele Hooper from junior football - a player who made a big impact for us two years ago at Under-14 level. There are also another four players who will come into our senior squad when they reach the new FA regulation 16 years of age over the coming months."
Photos (from top) - Ashley Reinecke, Helen Bleazard and Claudia Policarpo (Nunu).
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