England U-19 duo join Bristol City Women

Poppy Pattinson at Stoke Gifford Stadium (Photo: bcfc.co.uk)

Bristol City Women have confirm the signings of Poppy Pattinson from Manchester City and Ella Rutherford, formerly of Millwall Lionesses.

Defender Pattinson has represented England at U-19 level and City manager, Tanya Oxtoby believes she will be a great asset for Bristol as the 2018/19 season approaches.

“Poppy is a talented and hardworking young player who has great potential.

“Our environment here at Bristol City Women will allow her to develop and she will be a great asset to have at the club for the upcoming season,” Oxtoby to bcfc.co.uk.

Pattinson can’t wait to get the season started: “The move gives me the chance to fully experience the Women’s Super League and it’s the right setting for me to push on and develop in.

“There is a real tight-knit group of players here and I’m excited to be joining the club. I can’t wait for the season to get started this weekend against Leicester.”

Striker Rutherford makes the step up to the WSL after being a stand-out performer for Millwall in Tier 2 last season.

Ella Rutherford signs up. (Photo: bcfc.co.uk)

Oxtoby said: “Ella possesses great technical ability and she should flourish here at Bristol City Women.

“She has proven she can compete at the Championship level and I believe she is ready to make the step up, we’re excited to see how she progresses in the Women’s Super League.”

Rutherford said: “I believe that I am ready to make the step up to the Women’s Super League level and Bristol is the right place for me to do that.

“They’ve got a great aim here and that is to take young players like myself and develop them into well-established players in the Women’s Super League and I believe what they’ve got in place here will allow me to do that.”

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