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With the new season upon us, Leicester City kick off their Northern Division campaign this Sunday away to newly promoted Rochdale.
The club have been busy in the summer months. First there was a change of personnel, in the Manager's chair, Leicester City's Football in the Community Director, Craig White, stepped into the breach to become Manager.
Craig then set about to try and strengthen the squad, when former City player, Rachel Williams, who is now a full England international, also a Leicester girl, was delighted to sign, as her present club, Doncaster Rovers Belles, are waiting for their Super League campaign to take off in March 2011, also from the Belles is Emily Simpkins, and she has also signed for City.
Nat Reay has also come back to the club after a brief spell at Aston Villa and Leicester have just acquired the services of former England player, Jo Potter from Birmingham City. They also hope to add one more signing before the weekend to add some more depth to the squad.
With Williams, Simpkins and Potter on board it is hoped that this will give them a little more experience for which is still a relatively young side developing with some of the existing players having now experienced the Northern Division for two seasons. Katie McLoughlin has just been selected for an England's Under-19 training camp
Craig White says: "It is going to be a tough season in this league but we all have aspirations to try and do well and see where it takes us at the end of the season."
The development of the youngsters is there for all to see at City. The likes of Jess Hickey, Grace Teah, Nat Johnson, Jade McLaurin, Anya Cresswell, Claire Lester and Annabelle Johnson - who comes from Northampton's CoEx - have all joined the senior squad from the Under-16 side with some of them already having played for the first team in pre-season friendlies and have done very well.
They will have to develop and learn in a tough Midlands/North Division One reserve section having just been promoted as Champions and plying their trade against the likes of Liverpool, Everton, Sunderland and Blackburn, nevertheless the Club has high hopes of the youngsters.
The first team have just moved to Oadby Town FC to play their home games at Greene King Park this season.
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