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Former England under-19 international striker Kate Longhurst has committed herself to Watford for the season.
A strong, skillful and intelligent forward with Colchester United, Longhurst had been a target for manager Sian Williams for quite a while.
"I have been keen to sign Kate for a year or so but don't like to pressure players into choices they don't feel ready for," she said. "She is another long term target of ours that we have secured for this season and I couldn't be happier. I know that Kate has ambition to regain International recognition and I hope that she will have the opportunity to show her talent at Watford.
"It was a difficult decision for her to make, to leave Colchester, where she has been for 10 years and I respect that - I like players to have loyalty to their clubs. At some point players have to chase their own dreams too and Kate felt it was the right time for her to step up to the National Division."
Along with the addition of the midfield trio of Lizzie Edwards, Kim Dixson and Bonnie Horwood and young defender Faye Marsh from Arsenal, that gives five new faces to the first team squad. However, Watford still hope to finalise one more forward over the next 7-10 days.
The club is equally excited about the potential being shown from the youngsters in the reserve squad. Seven players were signed to the seniors from the Watford Centre of Excellence this season, three of whom have already gained recognition from the Wales Under-17s. The group is blending well with the older and existing reserve players and has been impressive so far in pre-season.
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