Sheffield United Women have added former Doncaster Rovers Belles and Sunderland midfielder Kasia Lipka to their squad.
Lipka, 26, is a former England U-23 international who won a gold medal with Team GB at the 2013 Summer Universiade, spent eight years with the Belles and has over 100 appearances across the top two tiers but suffered an ACL injury in May 2018.
“It’s been six months of trying to conclude this deal as we know Kasia is WSL quality, so we’re delighted she’s decided to come home,” said manager Carla Ward.
“I think when a player spent her entire childhood here it becomes a key selling point. She’s gone away and competed at the highest level, so she comes back with a huge amount of experience and we can’t wait to have her in the squad.”
After 10 years at the club as a youngster, Lipka said: “It felt like a homecoming walking back into the academy, I felt really comfortable to be coming back into that environment.
“It’s a club going in the right direction and it’s an extra special move for me for so many reasons. It’s nice to be coming into a team where I already know a lot of the players. I played against Carla Ward and the fact she wanted me involved was a big confidence boost for me, particularly coming back from injury.”