Popular defender returns to Sunderland

Sunderland Ladies have announced the return of popular defender Charlotte Potts.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 9:41 am

Potts, 26, had enjoyed an on-off 10-year association with the Lady Cats before she sealed a move to Scottish side Hibernian in July 2020.

And following the end of her contract in Scotland, Potts returns to Wearside as Mel Reay and co prepare for life back in the FA Women’s Championship.

Reay said: “It was a big loss when Charlotte left to go to Hibernian, and we understood the reasons why she went.

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“But now we’re absolutely delighted to bring her back alongside the news of our promotion – we all know the type of player she is and the strengths that she brings to the squad.

“We’re trying to build a competitive squad at this level, and a player like Charlotte fits into exactly that.”

Potts admitted she is “a bit overwhelmed” to be back at Sunderland but is looking forward to the upcoming campaign .

Potts said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed to be back, to be honest – obviously Mel has always had the utmost belief in me and under her, I always feel so motivated.

Charlotte Potts is back at Sunderland Ladies. (Photo credit: Colin Lock)
Charlotte Potts is back at Sunderland Ladies. (Photo credit: Colin Lock)

“I can’t wait to get started back in a league where we definitely deserve to be. The ultimate aim is the Super League and that’s what we want to push towards. It sort of feels like fate – it’s great to be back.

“I have a great support network in the North East and I really want to try and keep promoting girls’ football here. It’s important that we have a really good platform for them.”

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