Lauren Allison and Kat Nutman signe one-year contracts for Oxford United Women's FCLast season's top scorer Lauren Allison and midfielder Katharine Nutman have signed new contracts which will keep them at Oxford United until the end of the 2015 season, with a further club option for another year.
Allison netted more than 50 goals for United in the 2012-13 season before taking up a scholarship in the USA. She returned to the squad last year ahead of the start of United's debut season in the FA Women's Super League 2.
And after scoring four times last season, she said she is looking forward to picking up where she left off: “Obviously I'm delighted to re-sign because Oxford has been such a big part of my football career. I'm excited to start the season and build on last year's performances and just progress as much as we can. I'm looking forward to what's ahead of us as a team and for the club in the future.”
A history student at Oxford University, Nutman joined the U's before the start of last season, having previously played for the Colchester United Academy and the University of Oklahoma. Nutman went on to become an ever-present in the United side last season as she aims to help the side improve even further.
She said: “I'm pleased to sign for Oxford for another year and am hopeful for how much we can achieve this season. We will look to build from our experience of last year and I hope I can help the team make more progress this season.”
Manager Les Taylor added: “I am extremely pleased that both have committed to another season with Oxford United in WSL 2. Both players will have learned a lot from last season and Oxford United are delighted to have them in their squad.
“Lauren is another homegrown player who made 22 appearances last season. She has a lot of pace which creates plenty of chances and also causes problems to many defences. In the second half of last season she produced consistently good performances and finished off the season on a high, ending up top goalscorer. I'm positive that we will see more goals from Lauren this coming season.
“Kat was one of our more consistent players last season in which she made 20 appearances. She is an integral part of our midfield, keeps possession well, links play and is constantly available to receive the ball.”