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Doncaster Belles sign midfielder Marta Bakowska-Mathews

Marta Bakowska-Mathews Credit: Doncaster Belles

Doncaster Rovers Belles have announced the signing of midfielder Marta Bakowska-Mathews.

After impressing during a short trial with the club, the 23-year-old Marta becomes Emma Coates’ third signing since she took over as Belles manager.

Originally from England, Marta arrives from Canada via Florida State University (FSU) where she studied before joining Coates’ side.

Whilst at FSU, Bakowska-Mathews won a National Championship and three ACC Championships.

I am so excited to have found a place where I can start my professional career at the same time as finding a new family away from home that I can do this with.

I found the staff are very professional and have a lot of depth and experience. The facilities are really great and, having watched a game, I saw that the team played well together and had an abundance of potential.

But most importantly, the team was extremely welcoming and friendly allowing me to transition well into it.

Hopefully I can help the team move up the table and earn points every week and go on to fulfil my potential.

– Marta Bakowska-Mathews

Millers agree Forde deal

Rotherham United have agreed a three-year deal with Walsall midfielder Anthony Forde for an undisclosed fee.

Anthony Forde has joined the Millers on a three-year deal Credit: Rotherham United Football Club

The transfer for the 22-year-old is due to go through tomorrow and he has joined up with his new team mates for the first day of pre-season training this morning.

He becomes new manager Alan Stubbs' first signing as Millers boss.

Forde enjoyed a productive spell with Walsall playing a major role in their run to the Play-off semi-finals last season.

In his first season he made 46 appearances in all competitions for the Saddlers, laying the foundations for a tilt at promotion last season.

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Goalie Eldin Jakupović signs new deal with Hull City

Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović has extended his stay with Hull City for a further two years after agreeing terms on a new deal.

Staying for longer: Eldin Jakupović Credit: PA

Although the Tigers had initially exercised their option to offer him a one-year deal at the end of the 2015/16 season, negotiations began immediately to secure Jakupović on a longer-term contract with a two-year deal now agreed.

Jakupović is the club’s longest-serving player having arrived from Greek side Aris Salonika in July 2012. The 31-year-old has played 28 times for the Tigers and played a key role in the Play-Off success at the end of last season.

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Defender Paul McGinn joins Chesterfield FC

Paul McGinn Credit: PA

Chesterfield FC have made a fourth pre-season signing with defender Paul McGinn joining on a two-year contract.

The 25-year-old, who will officially join the club on July 1, is a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Dundee.

McGinn will join fellow new recruits Kristian Dennis, Jon Nolan and Ched Evans when the players report for the start of pre-season training on July 4.

"Paul's arrival will greatly strengthen the level of competition for a place on the right-hand side of defence. He is very athletic and comes highly recommended."

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield FC chief executive
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