Sheffield United have made two more signings, with Beth Merrick brought in from Aston Villa and Sam Tierney making the move over from Doncaster Rovers Belles.
England youth international Tierney spent eight years with the Blades’ Regional Talent Club before switching to the Belles, with whom she won the WSL 2 title last season.
Blades boss Carla Ward commented on sufc.co.uk: “We are absolutely delighted to get Sam back to United, she was a top target of ours from the word go, she can operate anywhere in the back four or also in midfield.
“Last season was probably her best and to beat off competition from two WSL 1 sides is pleasing and shows what we are trying to build here.”
Tierney added: “The biggest thing that attracted me back to the club is the ambition of both the club and all the staff, it’s exciting to be a part of something new and in an environment that is pushing to progress and challenge from the start.
“It’s a club that has been a huge part of my youth development and one I hope will be able to develop me more as a player this season.”
The Blades believe the capture of Merrick from Aston Villa is also a coup. Also an England youth international, winger Merrick spent 11 years at Villa and broke into their first team at the age of 16.
Merrick said: “When I came to meet members of the club it just felt right and I was very exciting straight away. The coaching staff and the plans the club have for the squad are amazing.”
Ward added: “Again, I’m delighted with this capture. Beth is an exciting young talent that brings a lot of quality to this squad, she’s been in only a matter of days and already has shown what an excellent addition she will be.”