Derby County Ladies Football Club

Cresswell Rejoins Ewe Rams

Derby County Ladies have re-signed former star Lauren Cresswell from local rivals Nottingham Forest Ladies to bolster their squad ahead of an important second-half of the season.

The returning Ewe Rams star left the club in the summer after FA Women’s Championship side Sheffield United Women signed the versatile left-footer ahead of their first season in the semi-professional ranks.

After a short spell with the Blades, Cresswell made the move south to join her hometown club up the A52 in November until Manager Sam Griffiths snapped up the star this week.

Cresswell said “I’m really looking forward to meeting the team and to be involved with the new set up. I think it’s a really exciting time for the club and I can’t wait to get stuck in amongst it. 

“It was a tough decision to leave Forest because I have so many great memories and achievements and it’s where my football began. But sometimes you have to make choices which are right for you at the current moment. 

“I feel like I’ll bring a lot of experience to the team. I am a very committed and hardworking player and from the conversations I’ve had I feel as though the club has the same ethos as me in terms of what they want to achieve and playing at the highest level.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Sam. Ive played alongside Sam and I’ve seen her commitment and dedication on the pitch, so I know she will have the same focus as a manager. She knows me as a player and knows what she will get from me on and off the pitch.”

Cresswell is well known to the Ewe Rams fans having spent two previous spells with the club and her versatility will offer Griffiths an extra pair of legs ahead of a testing run-in.

Griffiths said “I’m really pleased to re-sign Lauren to the club, we didn’t really want her to leave in the summer but to test yourself in the FA Women’s Championship is that next step and we couldn’t begrudge her decision then.

“It hasn’t worked out for her at Sheffield for whatever reason and she has wanted to get straight back into playing regular football that Forest could offer her and now us.

“We know what Lauren can do and she knows the environment well and will slip back into the squad seamlessly and offer us something extra for the rest of this season. It’s extra competition for the rest of the squad and that will lift the girls no doubt.

“A great attribute of hers is being comfortable anywhere on the pitch, that’s what a quality player can do and we will assess and see where we think she can help us the most. Her left-foot is a weapon and her personality is another bonus for us too as we strive towards the top-end of the league.”

Cresswell will be eligible to play for the Ewe Rams from this Sunday and will go straight into Griffiths squad for the trip to Guiseley Vixens.