One in, one sticking around: Montpellier make a busy start to summer window

The Division 1 Feminine side have tied down Geneses Daughetee and announced the signing of Clarisse Le Bihan from Guingamp.

One in, one sticking around: Montpellier make a busy start to summer window
Genessee Daughter has signed a new deal with the club despite her injury woes. (Photo: Montpellier HSC)

Montpellier haven't hesitated to do some early business this summer following the end of the Division 1 Feminine season.

Barely a week after their season finished, the club have tied down Genessee Daughetee to a new contract and also secured the signing of Clarisse Le Bihan from Guingamp.

Having missed out on a top two finish, and a place in next season's UEFA Women's Champions League, by just one place, Montpellier are keen to bridge the gap between them and duo Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais, and more quick business like this can help them do exactly that.

Daughetee looking to put injuries behind her

Daughetee has endured an injury-ridden spell in France so far, but this new one-year deal gives her an opportunity to overcome a tough start to life with Montpellier.

The American defender showed her class where she could in her first few months with the club, but when 2015 came, so did the injuries. She made only four appearances in the season gone - two of those off the bench - but has a full summer ahead of her to get ready for the new campaign.

Speaking to the club's official website, Montpellier manager Jean-Louis Saez credited Daughetee for her "remarkable" attitude, despite a torrid season.

"Unfortunately, this season she was injured for seven or eight months," he said, which spoiled "a chance [in the team] that should have been hers this year.

"She wants revenge. She wants to show she is able to win in the French championship, so I am very happy to continue working with her," Saez continued, adding: "I hope she can show her qualities this season and bring them to the group."

Daughetee puts pen to paper on her new one-year deal. (Photo: Montpellier HSC)
Daughetee puts pen to paper on her new one-year deal. (Photo: Montpellier HSC)

Le Bihan gets onboard

At the other end of the pitch, Montpellier have strengthened with the signing of Guingamp attacker Le Bihan.

A player who can either be deployed on the front line or as an attacking midfielder, the 21-year-old was one of the stand-out performers in a side that struggled this season before avoiding the drop.

Le Bihan already has seven caps for France, scoring three goals having settled well on the international stage, and she will be looking to prove her worth at the right end of the standings next season now - and the two after that, having penned a three-year deal.

Le Bihan has already shown her class in the top flight of French football, and with her country. (Photo: Montpellier HSC)
Le Bihan has already shown her class in the top flight of French football, and with her country. (Photo: Montpellier HSC)