BURTON Albion Women have strengthened their side ahead of today's FAWNL Cup game at Bedworth United with the signing of central midfielder Beth Naqwi.
Having made a very positive start to the season, Burton are hoping that their progress under Tommy Booth and Kristian Gilbert will continue through the signing of Naqwi.
A former Derby County and Long Eaton United player, Naqwi was attracted to the club based on Booth and Gilbert’s achievements in turning around the fortunes of Albion following a difficult campaign last year.
"Obviously in the past few seasons Burton haven’t always done so well, and now obviously Tommy and Kris are there, they're getting some good results against some good sides, so I think that's definitely been a big reason (for the move)."
The 20 year-old also feels the knowledge gained from playing in the league with Long Eaton will help her settle into her new side.
And whilst new surroundings await the midfielder, Naqwi isn’t worried about settling in with the team.
“I think playing in the league as well and knowing the other teams can definitely help bring some of that experience into the side," said Naqwi.
“I've worked with Tommy before, and Kris. They know me as a player, and I know them as coaches, and the girls there, I was playing with them at Derby.”
When asked what fans can expect from her in the coming season, Naqwi said: “I’m more like a pass and move player, I like to get on the ball, and sort of be a playmaker."
Naqwi is now registered as a Brewers player and is available for selection for today's FAWNL Cup clash away at Bedworth United, with Naqwi hoping that she can help her side qualify for the next round.
And joint-manager Tommy Booth says Naqwi will be a real asset to his side.
"She’s a very intelligent footballer - when you watch her play, she hardly gives it away," said Booth.
"She plays as a four and is a really good link between defence and attack, so she’s one who will help us keep possession.
"We’ve been trying to get her in since we came in, so to finally get her in is massive."