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Forest rue Reanne loss
 Women's Football News 4 Mar 2014
 
With Nottingham Forest's documented failed bid to be a competitor in the Women's Super League, the club continues to face the knock on effects and are making rapid adjustment as a result. 
 
Whilst the failed bid has brought about a decline in comparable financial investment, the club has worked to consolidate on significantly lower budgets in recent months but is now shouldering further blows on a different level.
 
With a flourishing squad and strong performances on the pitch in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division the club currently rides high in the league table. So it is no surprise that this will be a talent pool magnet for FA WSL Clubs who want to bolster First Team and Development squads for their forthcoming summer season due to start in a matter of weeks.
 
Forest have a paradox in delight for recognition for these players but are now left depleted with the exodus of a handful of players in recent weeks with many fixtures still to fulfil.
 
The latest development is bittersweet is in that of the departure of club favourite, Reanne Thomas, who now signs for WSL side Doncaster Belles to join former Forest players Lyndsey Cunningham and Lauren Creswell who have made their mark at this level in previous seasons.
 
Thomas had been with the club since joining the Under 10s and has flourished and grown to play as a regular first teamer for the past few seasons.
 
Lisa Dawkins, Director of Football at Forest, has worked with Thomas in various capacities and says: "Whilst I am deeply disappointed to lose Reanne Thomas from the Forest Ladies family I can't help feeling relieved that she will be in good hands at Doncaster Belles, and is about to the enter the next phase in her football development.
 
"Reanne has been the heartbeat of the senior setup for many years, even though she is still the tender age of 22. Reanne will leave a massive hole to fill in many ways, but as witnessed in the game against Arsenal there are a few players willing to give their all to do just that.
 
"I sincerely wish Reanne all the luck in the world and know that Doncaster will not yet fully realise what a talented player they have signed. I will look forward to watching her grace the WSL stage knowing that Forest Ladies have played a major part in her football development; she certainly deserves this opportunity and platform."
 
Forest manager Paul Cudby commented: "Having only known and worked with Reanne for a few months, it's a testament to her personality, technical attributes, and mainly her character to know that she will be missed so much by all of us here. She's been of great help to me personally, and I know for a fact that she'll have a tremendous impact on the WSL.
 
"It gives a great opportunity for some of our younger players now to take that extra step up and develop their leadership skills, Reanne's been a great role model to so many here at the club and I thank her from the bottom of my heart."
 
As a parting acknowledgment to Thomas's contribution to Forest Ladies, she was gifted the Captain's armband to lead the team in a high tempo friendly evening fixture against WSL side Arsenal recently.
 
Reanne herself has mixed feelings about her departure and said: "Whilst I am delighted at the opportunity to have joined DRBLFC for the oncoming season I will hugely miss all associated with NFLFC where over the past ten plus years I have accumulated so many great, great memories and friends. Thank you for all the support that has been shown during my career at the club, particularly during this decision to part. As always much love and best wishes for every success in both the near and far future."
 
Forest captain Kelly Kennaugh added: "It's been a pleasure playing alongside Reanne for many many years (I've lost count how many), she has a great character and outstanding football ability. She will be truly missed on and off the pitch and I personally wish her all the best in her football career and I'm sure she will go onto great things."

 
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