Wolves Women’s latest signings Shannie Jennings and Lois Jefferies each had their first outing in the club’s colours as they paraded alongside stars of Nuno Espirito Santo’s Premier League team at this week’s kit launch.
Striker Jefferies and midfielder Jennings are now both itching to wear the gold and black in competitive action when the National League Midlands Division One campaign kicks off next month.
Jefferies, 21, has joined the club after helping Coventry United gain promotion to the WSL Championship last season while 26-year-old Jennings has made the switch from Wolves’ divisional rivals Birmingham & West Midlands.
For Jefferies the move meant a drop of two tiers from the Championship, but she insists: “When the chance to sign for Wolves came along I had no hesitation.
“I’m grateful to have been part of Coventry’s run to promotion, but with the excellent set-up at Wolves and the massive ambition I’ve seen from day one at the club I believe I’ll be in a team that’s also on the way up the leagues.”
Former Aston Villa player Jennings captained Birmingham & West Mids to third place in Midlands Division One last term, one spot below Wolves, and is aiming to help her new club to top the table and clinch promotion this time round.
“Although it wasn’t an easy decision to leave Birmingham & West Mids,” Jennings said, “the calibre of coaching staff and players at Wolves – plus the great facilities that the women’s team have – convinced me to make the move.
“With the high standard of professionalism and the backing the team is now getting from the parent club, we’re definitely heading in the right direction.”
Manager Dan McNamara is delighted with the double signing. “Both players will give the squad a tremendous boost in our bid for promotion.
“Shannie’s a great leader and a player who we’ve had our eye on since we first saw her play against us last year.
“I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to bring her to Wolves, and she can be a huge player for us this coming season.
“Lois has played against us three times for Coventry and had a massive impact on every one of those games, so she’s caused me a few headaches!
“She scored 14 goals in 28 games last season, so when I knew she was available it was a no-brainer to sign her.
“These are the sort of quality players who we want to be part of our journey, to push Wolves as high as we can possibly get.”