Sunderland snap up two new players

Rachel Pitman and Krystle Johnson with Carlton Fairweather
Rachel Pitman and Krystle Johnson with Carlton Fairweather
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Sunderland Ladies have snapped up two more players.

Midfielder Krystle Johnston and defender Rachel Pitman have signed up for manager Carlton Fairweather.

Johnston has agreed a one-year deal following her departure from Manchester City at the end of last season.

Having spent a year short of a decade with the Blues, the 31-year-old winger is now set for a new challenge.

“It was a really easy decision to make and I’m delighted to have signed for the club,” said Johnston. “Carlton didn’t really need to persuade me to be honest; I have played against Sunderland for quite a few years so I know what it’s all about here.

“There is a real sense of togetherness and I think that is what makes them so hard to play against.”

Also joining is 22-year-old Rachel Pitman, who has recently returned from DePaul University in Chicago.

The former England Youth international has penned a two-year deal.

“It was an easy decision to make because of the set-up overall; there is not much better out there.” said Pitman. “Sunderland are a club who are striving to be at the top and I am delighted to be a part of that ambition.”

Fairweather said: “It is great to bring on board another two fantastic players as we look to build on the success of last season.

“Krystle and Rachel have a wealth of experience which will stand us in good stead for the forthcoming campaign.”