McNamara pleased with summer recruitment

Wolves Women have sent out a 2020/21 season statement of intent with some quality signings as they look to clinch the promotion that was cruelly snatched away from them due to the coronavirus-induced premature finish to last term.

Manager Dan McNamara has significantly strengthened his playing squad with six additions, five of whom were last season involved with clubs who feature higher up the women’s football pyramid than fourth tier Wolves.

Three of the new girls were playing in the third tier, central defender Kelly Darby at Derby County while both attacking midfielder Eva Rogers and striker Anna Renken were at Loughborough Foxes.

Kate Evans was with Championship club Coventry United and fellow midfielder Tammi George in the Under-23’s of Super League outfit Tottenham Hotspur. George and Rogers are ‘coming home’ having started their careers at Wolves.

The sixth signing, Alisha Miller, is set for a return to action after concentrating last year on her Birmingham University studies – having previously had a spell with National League Division 1 North team Durham Cestria.

McNamara says: “Every one of the new girls is worthy of playing at a higher level and it says a lot for the ultra-professional approach and pulling power of Wolves that we’ve been able to bring them to the club.”

The manager’s assertion of Wolves’ attraction was backed up by each of the signings, Evans stating: “I signed after being very impressed with the ambition and excellent facilities at what’s obviously a big club.”

McNamara adds: “These signings will undoubtedly make us stronger as we go into the new campaign absolutely determined to finish off the job we had virtually completed before the null and voiding ended our run to promotion.”

Each of the new players shares the determination of the manager and his battle-ready squad as the new Division 1 Midlands campaign prepares for kick-off.

Former West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest captain Darby, who came through the junior ranks at Aston Villa, says: “It was a dreadful shame that Wolves didn’t get what they deserved last season, but I’m confident we can do it this time round and then push hard at the top end of the division above.”