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Sue Smith says Doncaster Rovers Belles were "always" the club for her after signing a new contract with the promotion winners.
The instrumental winger, who has made 93 appearances for England, is now keen to get her fifth season with Belles underway as they prepare for life in FA WSL 1 and the 36-year-old Merseysider believes Doncaster are in the best shape possible to compete in the top tier this year.
"Signing a new contract wasn't a hard decision at all. I think myself and a lot of the girls from last season absolutely loved it here, we loved getting promoted. It's now a chance to test ourselves in FA WSL 1," said Smith, who was Belles' joint top scorer in the 2014 season.
"For me, there wasn't another decision to be made. I've always wanted to be at Doncaster Belles and I'm really pleased to have signed a new contract.
"We were gutted to go down a couple of years back but I think we're in a better position now to be in FA WSL 1. It'll be a big task for us but I think everybody is ready for it and looking forward to the challenge.
"There's no reason why we can't compete with the best teams in this league, we showed we can against various teams last season. With the professional aspect and the different things we've been able to add to the Belles for this season as well, we can definitely compete with the teams up there."
Smith, who has scored 16 times for her national side, has been pleased with the additions made during the close season with Doncaster chief Glen Harris bringing in a wave of new talent such as Natasha Dowie, Katrin Omarsdottir, Becky Easton, Anna Moorhouse and the returning Jess Sigsworth.
"I think it'll be competitive this season. There's a lot of players in similar positions which is good, you want that healthy competition. You won't be able to pick a first XI now, it'll change throughout preseason, but that's what you want - that kind of competition," Smith added.
"Glen has a healthy squad, he's brought in players that fit in really well and that's really important for the Doncaster Belles family environment. It's not just about having quality, it's having the right type of player and he's done that really well."
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