Source: Doncaster Rovers Belles

Ashleigh Mills signs new deal with Donny Belles

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England Under-20 international, Ashleigh Mills has signed a new deal with Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Mills, who is currently away with the England Under-20s side, has joined Emily Simpkins and Sophie Barker in committing her future to the club.

After joining the Belles in 2013, she immediately forced her way into the first team and her work rate always impresses both coaching staff and fans.

And despite spending most of last season side-lined with injury, Mills is determined to come back stronger and earn a spot in the team in WSL1.

She said: “I’m really happy to have signed a new contract and to be a part of the Belles back in WSL1.

“Having been out for most of last season, I’m very excited to get back playing again and I’m working hard to get back into the team.”

Jess Sigsworth

Jess Sigsworth (photo Doncaster Rovers Belles)

Meanwhile, England Under-23 international Jess Sigsworth has returned to Donny Belles after a season away.

On re-signing, Doncaster-born Sigsworth said: “I’m really excited to be back at the club. Being from Doncaster it’s a special club to me and I love the club.

“I know I will now have to prove myself again and work my way back into the team and hopefully play well and get results in WSL1.”

Having represented England regularly at age group levels, the attacker returns to her home-town club as Glen Harris looks to bolster his squad as the Belles prepare to take on WSL1 in 2016.

Chair Lady, Faye Lygo added: “I have always found Jess an exciting player to watch and I am thrilled she will be with us next season. She is a lovely person and our fans love her”

Emily Simpkins

Emily Simpkins (Photo: Doncaster Rovers Belles)

In November the Belles announced that Emily  Simpkins would become their first full time player.

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.”

Above report courtesy of Doncaster Rovers Belles