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Doncaster Rovers Belles have been boosted by the long awaited return of striker Liz Hansen from injury.
The profilic scorer, who has been out since last November, jetted in to Doncaster from her native Canada following a long nine month lay off. Liz had been undergoing an extensive program of rehabilitation to recover from a knee operation she had in England back in early December 2008.
Liz became the Belles' fifth summer signing of 2007 when she joined the club from American W-League side Cocoa Expos. The tall, athletic striker has an excellent goalscoring record. She was the fourth highest goal scorer in the FA Tesco Women's Premier League in her debut season, helping the Belles secure sixth position in the league as well as being voted joint Manager's Player of the Year.
Last season again, Liz was in terrific form hitting 13 goals in the first 14 games of the season before being sidelined by her knee injury. In fact, although not featuring since November against Leeds Carnegie, Liz still went on to be the club's top goalscorer of the whole campaign. The team certainly missed her goals in the second half of last season and she will be now be looking to start where she left off.
Liz said: "I'm delighted to be back at the club. It's been very frustrating being out injured for so long, but I've stayed mentally strong. I always knew that I would get through it and come back stronger. The girls did really well last season to finish fourth and get to the League Cup Final. I'm hungry to get back playing and hope that my goals will help the team towards another successful season.'
She will again be sponsored by The Crown Hotel in Bawtry who have again proved itself to be in a league of its own. The Crown Hotel knows what it takes to stay ahead of the game. Thanks to a recent £4m investment, The Crown is one of the most stylish and contemporary hotels in the region, with its modern executive rooms, world class restaurant and vibrant atmosphere.
Director of The Crown Hotel, Craig Dowie, says: "We are very pleased to sponsor Liz and to further strengthen our links with the Keepmoat Stadium. We heard that Liz was again looking for a place to stay for the season and we are now providing her with accommodation for her stay. We wish the Rovers Belles all the best for the coming season."
Meanwhile another Belles striker, Suzanne Davies has left the club to join Nottingham Forest. Suzanne had struggled to hold down a regular place in the Rovers Belles starting line up over the last year due to a combination of injury and the form of the prolific Liz Hansen and has decided to move on in order to gain regular first team football.
Suzanne had become the Belles' second signing of the summer of 2008, joining from near neighbours Rotherham United. It was there that she had been a regular goalscorer, indeed helping Rotherham to lift the Midland Combination title and seeing them promoted in to the Northern Division of the Premier League.
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