TORI Williams “can’t wait” to return to Women’s Super League action after becoming Sunderland Ladies’ first signing.
The 24-year-old defender impressed Sunderland during a trial stint at the club – and the club impressed her.
Williams said it was a bit of a wrench to leave hometown team Doncaster Rovers Belles but is “excited” by the prospect of WSL1 football with the Lady Black Cats, who kick off their league programme at Liverpool on Wednesday, March 25.
“I came up, had a look at the place and liked what I saw,” she told the Echo. “I was happy to sign and can’t wait for the season to start.
“It wasn’t an easy move because apart from playing a bit for Chelsea when I was at Uni down there, I’ve always played for Donny.
“But you’ve got to take your opportunities when they come along and this is a great opportunity. I’m excited.
“Donny played in WSL until they were demoted the season before last and we had three seasons in the top flight so I have a bit of experience of Super League.
“I’m looking forward to being back in WSL 1 and hopefully we can do well.”
Sunderland fans who took in the 10-0 pre-season friendly win over Rangers have already had a sneak preview of Williams.
Tall and athletic, the defender was used by head coach Carlton Fairweather at left-back for the first 45 minutes at Consett, but she is a real ‘Miss Versatile’ with the capability of playing in a variety of roles.
“I’m a centre-back by trade but I can play anywhere across the back four and I have a little bit of experience in midfield,” she explained. “But I’ll play anywhere the manager wants me to play.”
Williams and the Lady Black Cats will continue their pre-season countdown on Sunday with a friendly at Hibernian.
Fairweather’s squad is in good shape and good heart following 14 goals in the last two Sundays, against Rangers and Everton.
“The team is getiing fitter and stronger and we’re starting to put together what we do in training in a match,” she said. “It’s looking good.”