Faye Bryson has joined Reading FC Women from Bristol City, while the Royals give fellow full-back Bethan Roberts her first professional contract.
Bryson, 23, signed a two-year deal and joins after playing 17 times for the Robins last season, while previously making 27 appearances for Everton.
Manager Kelly Chambers told readingfc.co.uk: “I am delighted to bring Faye to the club. She is a young player that is hungry to get better. She has great full back attributes which definitely fits our philosophy, and she is a difficult player to play against and is going to add to my backline this season.
“I know there is more to come from Faye and I believe in the right environment she could really blossom and that makes me excited to work with her.”
Bethan Roberts also signed on until the summer of 2023, with the 18-year-old having spent almost half of her life with the Royals. She made four first team appearances last season, her debut at 17 marked by replacing Fara Williams, while internationally she made the Wales senior squad in April.
Chambers commented: “I am over the moon to offer Bethan her first professional contract; she has definitely earned it. Bethan is a player that has been through our pathway from the bottom up… this is exactly what our pathway is about and it’s great to see Bethan follow the footsteps of the like of Emma Harries and Grace Moloney.
“She is a great young player and last season she developed leaps and bounds. She is a fast, technical player whose attributes fit our style of play. I can’t wait to continue working with Bethan and see her grow even more.”