Golden Girls snap up former England U23 international Horwood

Bonnie Horwood has returned for her third stint with Watford Ladies
Bonnie Horwood has returned for her third stint with Watford Ladies

Watford Ladies have completed the signing of Bonnie Horwood from Notts County for the upcoming WSL2 campaign.

The former England U23 international is no stranger to the club having been at Watford twice before.

This included a loan deal last season that saw her make 11 appearances for the club, scoring two goals.

After her loan spell, she went back to Lincoln where she was a key part of the side that reached the Continental Cup final.

And Horwood says she is looking forward to her third spell at the club “I’m pleased to be back, I really enjoyed the two times I’ve been here previously,” she said.

“Nearly all of the girls are still here from last season, I enjoyed it then and the setup is now even better.”

Having finished second last season, the 26-year-old believes Watford can go a step further this time. She said: “We’re looking to try and win the league. There’s no reason why not, the squad’s a lot stronger a year on.

“I think everyone seems to underestimate Watford, which is a good thing.”

First Team Manager John Salomon has also expressed his joy at bringing Horwood back to the club/

“I’m absolutely delighted that Bonnie has committed her future to Watford Ladies,” he said.

“We had some strong competition to secure Bonnie’s signature but I know that players and staff are delighted that she is back.

“Bonnie made a great impact when she was with us last season. She was versatile, helped evolve our developing style of play with her quality on the ball and was a calming influence in the squad with great experience that our young group could learn from.”

Horwood is the latest addition to the squad which Salomon has been putting together since June 2013. “I’m really excited about the way the squad is shaping up,” he added.

“We have added some excellent players since the end of last season and having seen the reaction of the players who returned for pre-season training this week, the hunger is certainly there for us to keep improving and keep getting better.”