Saturday 11 August 2018

SIGNING: Stopper Reid Joins Durham!

Durham Women FC are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Hannah Reid.

Reid, formerly of Hibernian, joins the Wildcats to strengthen our goalkeeping options ahead of the new FA Women's Championship season.

The stopper came through the ranks at Hibernian before following then-manager Willie Kirk to Bristol City in 2015.

An eighteen month stint in the South West saw Reid enjoy professional status and she helped the Vixens to clinch promotion back to the top flight.

Shortly after, Reid rejoined Hibernian where she has continued to excel - playing a vital part in the Hibbees recent Scottish League Cup triumph.

Reid has impressed during pre-season where she has featured regularly for the Wildcats during their friendlies.

And now she returns to England on a permanent basis - and is keen to prove a point south of the border.

"I’m delighted to be involved within this group of players," she said.

"The girls have all welcomed me so well and I’m excited for the challenge ahead. "It''s been great to get some game time in with the girls before the season starting and it has allowed me to begin to build a relationship on the pitch with the team, especially the back line which will be so important in the upcoming season.

"I have always wanted to return to football in England, and getting the opportunity at Durham was one of which I have been working extremely hard for the last 12 months.

"As hard a decision as it is leaving Hibernian Ladies, especially midway through the season, I feel like it is one which will challenge me as a player and help develop me. "I think any experience I have will help me when playing for Durham.

" I know that every game will be different, and that excites me.

"In Scotland there are three or four teams which will challenge you in a game, whereas in England every game will be a challenge and I think that can only help improve me as a player.

"I will be playing along with, and against, some really talented players and this is the environment that I want to be playing in."

Manager Lee Sanders added: "I am delighted to welcome Hannah to Durham and believe we have signed one of the best young keepers in the UK. 

"We are lucky to have several good young senior keepers at the club in Megan and Rosie and were conscious we needed a group of similar age to really push each other in training and think we've got that right with Hannah. 

"She's already got experience in the league after a spell with Bristol and impressed in the games she played against us in 2016 with a memorable save in the dying minutes when we played away at Bristol. 

"I went and watched a couple of games up in Scotland and thankfully she was interested in what we had to offer.

"Hibs and Grant (Scott, manager) were helpful with the move and I must thank them for that. 

"Her distribution is first class, she offers good communication and everything else you would want and wee think she can improve the way we want to play. 

"She's got experienced boots to fill and I'm certain she'll meet that challenge head on. 

"She's fitted in really well with the other players and I'm sure Mark (Bell, goalkeeping coach) is looking forward to pushing her on in the season."