• Ladies Add Goalkeeper Serena Clarke To Squad
  • Ladies Add Goalkeeper Serena Clarke To Squad
  • Ladies Add Goalkeeper Serena Clarke To Squad
  • Ladies Add Goalkeeper Serena Clarke To Squad
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Ladies Add Goalkeeper Serena Clarke To Squad

08/04/2019

Ladies team manager, Calum Oakenfold, added a second player to his squad this past week with the addition of young goalkeeper Serena Clarke. Following recent injuries to Lauren Santoro and Liz Hobson, Sheffield had to bring in an urgent replacement stopper, and was delighted to welcome Serena Clarke to the Club for the remainder of the season. Clarke joins from FA Women’s Championship side Leicester City Women FC, where she has spent most of the season playing in the club’s development team, but has travelled with the first team to a number of matches this season. At just 18, she is highly thought of by her coaches at Leicester, graduating from the club’s Regional Talent Centre in 2017 and moving straight into The Foxes’ senior set up. She has also spent time at Birmingham City and Stoke City RTCs. A strong shot stopper with good positioning and technical ability, Clarke demonstrates a confidence that belies her tender age, and is hungry for first team football experience which she will get here in the season’s run in. She made her first appearance in yesterday's FA Women's National League clash against Hull City, making a vital save at 2-2 with Sheffield going on to win the game.

"First of all, we're very grateful to Leicester City WFC for allowing us to bring Serena in so quickly. They've been really great in facilitating this, and we'll be doing all we can to integrate Serena into the side and support her over the coming weeks." "She's impressed in training this past week, not just for her ability, but for her attitude to just come straight in, get on with things, start gelling with the team, and understand how we want to play." "She had an strong debut on Sunday in what was a vital game for us, but showed no nerves at all, and was solid in everything she did, making a couple of really good saves." "We hope this will be a really positive experience for Serena, and that it can contribute to her development and progression as a goalkeeper."