Brighton & Hove Albion welcome back defender Rebekah Stott on a two-year contract, after her first spell was ended by serious illness.
The New Zealand international joined Albion in 2020 and made eight appearances, but had to cut her time short on after she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
She has been in remission for a year now, playing for Melbourne City and Bulleen Lions.
Head coach Hope Powell told brightonandhovealbion.com:“The circumstances around Stotty’s departure in 2020 were really difficult for everyone, no one more so than for her. She had only been with us for a short period of time, but was already a popular member of the squad before she headed back to Australia for treatment.
“We were all absolutely delighted and relieved when we found out her treatment had gone well and that she was on the mend.
“Now she’s back to full fitness and wants to have a proper go at the WSL and we are happy to have her back. Taking the emotions out of the signing, we know we’re getting a really good player with proven international experience and a knowledge of the league.”