Liverpool Ladies sign Casey Stoney ahead of FA WSL 1 season

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Liverpool Ladies announce the signing of 34-year-old England defender Casey Stoney.

Former England captain Casey Stoney has joined two-time champions Liverpool Ladies ahead of the FA WS1 season.

Stoney - Team GB's captain during the 2012 Olympic women's football tournament - left Arsenal Ladies in November after rejoining the Gunners in January 2014.

The 34-year-old helped Arsenal win two Women's FA Cups - including last season's Wembley showpiece - and the Continental Tyres Cup during her three seasons back in north London.

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Stoney is Liverpool Ladies manager Scott Rogers' first signing during the off-season and the central defender will be reunited with former Arsenal team-mates Caroline Weir and Siobhan Chamberlain, who both ply their trade with the Reds.

Stoney has also turned out for Charlton, Chelsea and Lincoln Ladies during her distinguished 17-year senior career, and has made 129 international appearances for England.

"It was a big decision but for me this was the right one," Stoney told Tuesday's Sportswomen show on Sky Sports News HQ.

Siobhan Chamberlain and Liverpool ladies manager Scott Rogers
Image: England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain joined Liverpool Ladies last year

"This is a club with big, big ambitions and the manager Scott was keen to get me in, so for me I am really pleased to be here.

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"This is such a big football club. It has got a really good one-club ethos in terms of the women's team being integrated in and I want to be a part of that.

"I know Scott wants to develop me as a player and no matter what your age you're always learning. I think this will hopefully extend my England career. We have the Euros next year and I want to be a part of that. If I can play well for my club it will put me in contention for that."

Alex Greenwood and Casey Stoney in action for England
Image: Stoney was part of the Lionesses squad that won Women's World Cup bronze in Canada last year

Liverpool Ladies boss Rogers added: "This is an absolutely brilliant signing for the club. Casey is an experienced international defender with over 120 caps for England which highlights what a crucial player she will be for us next season.

"Casey's reading of the game and ability on the ball is fantastic so I have no doubt that she will prove to be a great signing for us."

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