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Parry delight at Blackburn move

Chantelle Parry
Parry impressed Blackburn in last season's cup tie (pic: KIPAX)

Blackburn Rovers Ladies new signing Chantelle Parry believes she, and fellow acquisition Faye McCoy, can spur their new club on to success.

The pair joined from FA Women's Premier League counterparts Liverpool, and Parry is convinced they have made the right move.

"We'll certainly perform for them if we're given the opportunity," Parry told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We played them so many times last season they're like team-mates to us."

And McCoy is confident she will quickly settle in to her new surroundings.

"You know when you go into that environment and you get on with them off the pitch, it's always going to be good on the pitch as well.

"Every time we played Blackburn I felt it was a good game between us so that's why we've come here this season because we know it'll be a challenge."

Parry, a former England youth international, scored a hat-trick for Liverpool in last season's Premier League Cup tie against Rovers.

"The girls will be very good characters to have around the squad," said Rovers' assistant manager Kieran Bentley.

"We've been keen on Chantelle for some time. She'll add pace and quality down the left-hand side."

She will provide us with a new dimension to our play

Kieran Bentley

Bentley added: "She is a match-winner, with a real eye for goal. She can turn a game on its head in an instant, as we learnt to our cost last season."

And the assistant manager feels signing England under-19 international striker McCoy will increase the club's chances of success.

"Faye is also a quality signing for us. She will add strength, power and height to the squad, which is something that we've lacked in the past. She will provide us with a new dimension to our play.

"She's underrated technically, she knows where the goal is and she just loves to play football. She can also play in a variety of positions, as she has operated both up front and as centre half for Liverpool, but also in central midfield for England," Bentley continued.

The Rovers coach also confirmed youngsters Emma McDougall, Karen Hanson, Jo Norris and Sammy Fleck would all be stepping up to the first-team fold for the 2008-09 season.

Goalkeeper Sian Payne and striker Caroline Dixon, who has secured a four-year scholarship in the States, have both left the club.


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