Player profiles for the 2014-15 season...
Rovers’ record goalscorer, Katie first joined the club in 2003 and netted her 200th goal in Rovers’ colours in a 5-0 victory over Blackburn Community Sports Club in November 2013. She joined hometown team Preston North End during the second half of last season, but recently returned for a third spell with the club, where she has been reunited with former team-mates. A tall and skilful striker, Katie scored an international goal against Scotland at Wembley in 1999 and was named in Hope Powell’s provisional 30-player England squad ahead of the 2007 World Cup.
Local girl Amie joined Rovers in March 2014. The pacy, young full-back, who can also play in midfield, had been at Greater Manchester Centre of Excellence and will bolster Rovers’ defensive options.
A Rovers regular from yesteryear, Katie returns to the club from Doncaster Belles. A wide midfielder, who can also operate in the centre, Katie is very skilful and athletic, and has bags of experience. Formerly of Liverpool’s league-winning team, Katie has also played in America and Rovers are delighted to have her back on board.
A central defender by trade, Millie is the only Centre of Excellence graduate to be taken on by Rovers this summer. Despite her lack of experience at this level, Millie is a promising young talent and Rovers are pleased to provide her with the opportunity to play first team football.
Rovers bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Doncaster Belles winger Niki in March 2014. The Scotland Under-17 international joined Rovers from Doncaster’s development squad in search of regular first team football.
Amie has been handed the captain’s armband for the 2014-15 season. Formerly of Liverpool Ladies, Amie spent some time in America on a football scholarship and Rovers fought off strong interest from other Premier League clubs to sign the tenacious midfielder in September 2013. Tough in the tackle, but also possessing an eye for a pass, Amie adds physicality to the Rovers midfield. She is hard working, committed, skilful and a great role model amidst an experienced squad.
Sophie came through Rovers’ Centre of Excellence after being picked up from Lammack Juniors at the age of 11. She is a consistently tough and tenacious midfield competitor, who leads by example. Former captain of Rovers Reserves, Sophie made her first team debut at the age of 16. She is a composed and quality player, with a great eye for a pass.
Pacy forward Rhian joins Rovers from Manchester City’s youth team. An exciting prospect for the future, Rhian has an eye for goal and will be one of Rovers’ youngest recruits.
New signing Jess was in the squad of Women’s Super League champions Liverpool, before making the move to Manchester City, where she competed for a starting place with new midfield partner Lynda Shepherd. Former clubs also include Everton and Leeds. An England youth international, Jess is a great character and has bags of experience.
A Scottish international goalkeeper, Jo joined Rovers in the summer of 2013. She has previous experience of playing in the top division of Scottish Women’s football, representing both Hibernian and Spartans. She possesses a wealth of experience and provides a commanding physical presence in the Rovers goal.
A brave and exciting player, Sophie is a summer signing from Preston, where she was a prolific goalscorer before she suffered an injury last season. A left-sided attacker, with plenty of pace and energy, Sophie came on and scored the winning goal against Rovers in the 2014 Lancashire FA Womens Challenge Cup final.
Goalkeeper Naveen Kirby joined Rovers in March 2014. Formerly of Manchester City, Naveen will be Rovers’ second-choice keeper, working with Jo Hutcheson.
Kelly returns to Rovers for a second spell, having initially joined from Manchester City last summer. She is a versatile and experienced full-back, who can operate on either flank. She is small, but tough.
‘Fliss’ returns to Rovers for a second spell, having initially signed from Manchester City last summer. A strong, quick and defensive-minded player, she can play at either centre half or right-back and has vast experience at Premier League level.
Quick, tall, athletic and skilful, midfielder Millie joins Rovers from Everton’s development squad, having learned her trade at Manchester United’s Centre of Excellence.
A proven goalscorer at this level, Danielle is a summer signing from Everton’s development squad. She first joined the club from Liverpool in July 2009 and scored countless goals, including an equaliser at Ewood Park against Arsenal, before making the move to Leeds. She’s quick, hard working and has got a good attitude, and her welcome return is a real coup for the club.
A tough-tackling leader in the middle of the park, Lynda returns to Rovers following her release from Women’s Super League side Manchester City. The former England Under-21 international, who enjoyed a successful spell at the club between 2005 and 2010, has bags of experience within the women’s game and adds real presence to the Rovers midfield.
Still only 18, Alex joins Rovers from Everton’s development squad, having come through their Centre of Excellence. A wide midfielder, who can also play as an attacking full-back, Alex is absolutely rapid, a physical presence and is one to watch.
After taking a break from the game last year, Nicky returns to Rovers for the 2014-15 season feeling fresh and rejuvenated. A brave and commanding central defender, the 27-year-old is a powerful presence in both boxes and is entering her fifth spell at the club.
This hard-working holding midfielder has added strength and experience to the Rovers squad since signing from Leicester City. A strong and combative player, ‘Westy’ relishes a tackle and inspires those around her with her commitment and leadership.