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Doncaster Rovers Belles are delighted to announce the signing of England Under-23 international defender/midfielder Sophie Walton from Leeds Carnegie LFC.
20-year-old Sophie was voted Leeds Carnegie's Player's Player Of The Year last season after making 28 appearances in all competitions, helping the club reach fourth place in the Premier League and to win the Premier League Cup Final with a 3-1 win over Everton resulting in Leeds winning the trophy for the first time in the club's history.
Sophie is a product of the successful Leeds youth system, indeed making her first team debut aged just 15. At Leeds, she excelled at her home town club by going on to play in four domestic cup finals and helping the club to become a real force in the women's game.
But before Sophie's joy of winning the Premier League Cup, the versatile player tasted defeat at the hands of the mighty Arsenal in the 2006 and 2008 FA Women's Cup Finals and the 2007 League Cup Final.
Sophie has represented England at Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-23 levels. In 2006 she was a member of the Under-17 squad that won the Nationwide Tournament and a year later she was in the Under-19 squad that were runners-up to Germany in the UEFA Under-19 Championships in Iceland. In 2008, Sophie was selected to go to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup where they were beaten quarter finalists by the USA in Chile.
Football runs in the Walton family with brother Simon being a professional footballer currently playing for Sheffield United and her parents Sue and Steve both heavily involved with Leeds United LFC.
Sophie said: "I think Doncaster is the ideal and best suited club for me. It was hard to leave Leeds, especially due to the circumstances, but once I'd spoken to the manager and his staff my mind was made up to come here.
"I know a number of the Belles girls already - Chelsea (Weston), Rachel (Williams) and Margey (Maire Hourihan) which will help me settle in. I can't wait to get started and hope that my experience can help the club compete at the top end of the new FA Women's Super League."
Belles manager John Buckley added: "We are delighted that we have been able to attract Sophie to the club. She will prove to be an excellent addition to the squad, of that I'm sure. Sophie is a versatile, competitive player who is equally at home in defence or midfield.
"She has a lot of experience for her age having played in major domestic finals and major international competitions. Sophie has good passing ability, she reads the game well and above all else is a winner."
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