New signing for Women plus international call up
Oxford United Women have competed the signing of Jess Frampton from Portsmouth Ladies.
With the new season now just a month away United have been busy assembling a new-look squad and the versatile Frampton fits the bill for Manager Les Taylor, who said:
“Just like the men’s first team, recruitment is key to improving your squad. When you look to recruit new players you need background information not only about the players ability but also about the players character and whether they are a team player.
“Jess Frampton is a player who has been on our radar for a number of months.
"She is the right type of player for us, a team player and a great trainer who sets good examples.
“Jess can play full back or as a wide midfield player. She has pace, good technical ability and is an athlete, and will be a great addition to the team.”
“I couldn't be happier or more excited to be playing in the the WSL. It's been a long term goal for me and the fact I get to do it with Oxford United is a privilege. I couldn't have done it without the support and foundations from Portsmouth FC Ladies but I will now use this opportunity to develop my game and to progress as a player with Oxford United.”
Meanwhile Under 15s defender Megan Balloch will join the Wales under 17s for the first time after being called up for their forthcoming training camp in Cardiff.
After signing for United’s under 15s last summer from Bristol Academy, Megan has impressed tremendously, catching the attention of the Welsh coaches. She will join the 24-strong camp from tomorrow (Tuesday February 2nd) until Thursday February 4th for an intensive training schedule overseen by Welsh first team manager Jayne Ludlow.
The camp will culminate with a match against Reading’s development squad at Merthyr Town’s Penydarren Park on Thursday afternoon, before Balloch returns to the U’s.
Les Taylor said: “U15s Coaches Natasha Caswell and Karen Burge are very pleased with Megan`s development so far this season and they know she is a very instrumental player in their squad.
“Megan is a versatile player who can play as a centre-back or in the holding midfield position. She is a good athlete, reads the game well and has great vision. Megan also has the ability to tackle.
“It`s very encouraging that Megan has been recognised by the Welsh FA and been invited to their training camp. It enhances the quality of players that our female pathway are producing.”