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Crystal Palace (Women) make host of signings

5 August 2019

Crystal Palace (Women) have made a host of signings in recent days, securing the services of four new players, promoting several youngsters to the first team and handing out new contracts to four experienced, established Eagles.

New signings Annabel Johnson, Lizzie Waldie and Magda Mosengo all put pen to paper on Sunday, with goalkeeper Emma Gibbon joining Dean Davenport's side today (Tuesday 6th) having spent time training with the Eagles over recent weeks.

Gibbon said: "I have been training here with Crystal Palace Women FC for the last few weeks and have found the mentality of the club to be excellent and their ambition is exactly what I have been looking for."

The shot-stopper has played for not only Spurs but Arsenal too and has also represented Wales at Under-19 level.

The quartet of new signings join Lily Stevens and Nicole Pepper as recent additions to the first team, with the pair moving up from Palace's Development sides. 17-year-old Charlie Goad has also signed with the first team and can be selected when required.

Palace have also handed contracts to four experienced members of the team, ensuring their services until at least the end of next season.

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The Eagles have agreed terms with Ashlee Hincks, Ciara Watling, Andria Georgiou and Hannah Mackenzie - all seasoned players who featured regularly last season as Palace ended their debut campaign in the FA Women's Championship in 10th place.

Hincks was named Utilita Player of the Season for her efforts in 2018/19, netting over 25 goals from pre-season through the competitive campaign.

Speaking on the new contracts, manager Dean Davenport expressed his pride at securing four key members of the squad, saying: "We are delighted to have retained these four players for the coming season. Experience is key in this league and with the younger players coming through, we will have the stability in the team with these players. They are strong mentally and physically and will bring the new players together for the coming season."

Palace will begin their new season on 18th August v Coventry City Ladies.

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