Durham Women FC have announced the signing of all-action midfielder Nicola Worthington.
Having played for Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City at the beginning of her career, Worthington moved to America in 2013 and represented the University of Bridgeport.
During her time with the Purple Knights, Worthington was named an NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Second Team National Academic All-America for her excellence in the classroom and strong performance on the pitch.
The 2016 season saw the midfielder contribute 15 assists and net six times while she was also named First Team All-Conference for the fourth straight season.
Now, having completed her studies in the States, Worthington is returning to England to study for a masters degree in Education alongside playing for the Wildcats in the FA WSL and for Durham University in the BUCS league.
Speaking after agreeing to join the club, Worthington said: “Signing for Durham is a great feeling. They are a solid team that is continuously growing with lots of talent and strength. I can’t wait to be a part of it.
“The team have this great connection and they were all very welcoming. The big attraction is the level in which they compete as the Women’s Super League is where I want to be playing.
“The club is at a stage where they are pushing and always developing. They have this hunger feeling about them and I love that. They are all great girls with lots of talent and ambition. I’m extremely looking forward to the season with the girls.”
Manager Lee Sanders was pleased to capture the midfielder, adding: “Nicola is a player we approached about eight months ago when she was still out in the States so it’s pleasing when you’re able to see these things through.
“She’s a very committed and determined individual, good on the ball and very athletic which you’d expect given her background.
“She’ll definitely compliment what we already have and are building towards moving forwards and is another example of the opportunities we offer players both home and abroad to come and mix studying part time and playing in the WSL.”
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Report courtesy of Durham Women FC