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Doncaster Rovers Belles are excited to announce that having signed a new contract, midfielder Emily Simpkins has become the first ever full time player in the club's illustrious history.
Having signed midway through the 2015 season from Birmingham, Simpkins had an instant impact, scoring twice in a Continental Tyres Cup victory over Durham and quickly became an integral part of the side which won promotion.
Upon signing her new deal, Simpkins said: "I am extremely proud to have signed a new deal at the Belles. As soon as I heard Doncaster were interested in signing me full time I was delighted to take the opportunity and would like to thank the management for this.
"I have experienced WSL1 and I'm fully aware of how demanding it is going to be for us next season and I'm ready for that challenge which the club have so rightly deserved.
"It's an exciting time for everyone at the club, which has great ambition along with a fantastic force of people driving it forward and I'm proud and grateful to be a part of that."
Sheila Edmunds, the club's founder member and current General Manager is delighted with the news, saying: "I'm proud of where the club has come from and now we're at the point where we are offering full time deals to players. It's yet another step in the right direction for the club."
The Belles are also delighted to announce that Head Coach Glen Harris has agreed to stay with the club for the upcoming 2016 WSL1 campaign.
Harris guided the Belles to promotion in his first attempt during the 2015 season, finishing second and securing a return to the top flight after a two-season absence.
On agreeing to stay, Harris said: "I am delighted to have agreed my future with The Belles for next season in our return to WSL 1.
"The development of the women's game during our two-year absence from the top flight has been significant, but everyone at the club are delighted to be back up there and look forward to the challenges ahead.
"I am confident that we can compete at this level and can't wait for the season to begin."
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