Anna Moorhouse makes Doncaster switch
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Anna Moorhouse makes Doncaster switch

The goalkeeper has completed her move to the Belles from Durham as the newly-promoted side look to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the top flight.

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Doncaster Belles have completed the signing of Anna Moorhouse

Moorhouse was an integral part of the Durham side that finished seventh in FA WSL 2 this year, helping them keep five clean sheets and catching the eye of many in the process.

As a result of some fine performances, the 20-year-old has now put pen to paper on a deal with the top flight Belles as they look to establish themselves in WSL 1.

Moorhouse highly recommended to Doncaster

Speaking about the arrival of the young stopper, Doncaster boss Glen Harris revealed that the interest in her started after a recommendation from a fellow coach.

One of Moorhouse's many admirers was former Liverpool boss Matt Beard who alerted Harris to her talent, which proved pivotal in hindsight as the move has now materialised for them to work together.

Beard, now at Boston Breakers in the States, "suggested" that the Belles "take a look" at Moorhouse, who is highly rated by her country too having attended England under-19 training camps. 

This interest only grew when Doncaster faced Durham too, with Harris saying that Moorhouse was "outstanding" against the Belles, and so they are "really pleased" to have her on their side, not the opposition's, for the upcoming season. 

The boss added that the move shows the 20-year-old "is keen to test herself in FA WSL 1" too, which will only help the team.

The Belles now have tremendous strength in depth when it comes to goalkeeepers. (Image credit: Doncaster Belles)
The Belles now have tremendous strength in depth when it comes to goalkeeepers. (Image credit: Doncaster Belles)

Offer she couldn't refuse

This ambition was evident as Moorhouse spoke for the first time as a Belles player, saying: "the chance to train more and play in FA WSL 1 was an offer I couldn't refuse."

The move was also a nice "surprise" for her, as she admits she "had no idea" that Doncaster "were interested" in her, but it "feels great" to sign for them.

"I want to improve both technically and physically," she continued, adding that she will "take" her chances "if [she's] given the opportunity to play."

This was Moorhouse acknowledging the competition that awaits her at Doncaster, where Nicola Hobbs is the number one choice in between the sticks, something that was emphasised again this week as the 'keeper signed a new deal with the Belles.

However, Moorhouse is clearly up for the challenge and has ambitions of helping the club achieve great things, concluding that, whilst "it's important for Belles to stay in FA WSL 1 and get enough points to do that," she believes there is "no reason why [the team] can't compete for trophies."

Depleted Durham

It was announced two days ago by Durham that Moorhouse had left the club, with them stating that the long commute to training had become too much for the youngster.

This is one of many losses the Wildcats have suffered this winter, with 11 players staying on for the 2016 season but they now need to rebuild a thin squad.

After an inconsistent season in 2015 though, this might be exactly what Durham need as they look to push on in WSL 2 and get the best out of the talent they already have.

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