Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Welcome Back Cara Newton for 2018/19 Season

Derby County Ladies Manager Sam Griffiths expressed her delight after former Derby star Cara Newton committed to the club for the 2018/19 season, and feels she has unfinished business with the Ewe Rams.

The former England youngster has spent the last three seasons at neighbours Long Eaton United Ladies, where she continued her prolific scoring record picking up the FA 2016/17 top goalscorer award amongst other accolades.

Griffiths said “I think all Derby County Ladies fans will know of the talent that Cara has and I’m delighted that she has committed to us for next season and I can’t wait to see her back in the black and white of Derby County Ladies again. We have been after her for a couple of seasons but it was important she came back when the time was right for her.

“I played with Cara for a number of years and there was always something she added to our game, she has energy, drive, passion and most of all can can score goals. I’ve kept a close eye on her progress down at Long Eaton and can see she is really keen and has found her love for the game again.

“I’m hoping she can continue to tap into that talent and her character and belief is still as high as it has ever been and that will be important as we look to take the next step and challenge in the league.

“In my conversations with Cara, I can hear the desire that is telling me that she has unfinished business with the club and I know she wants it more than ever and for a player of her talent she deserves to play at the highest possible level and we want her to do that with us and lead us as high as possible. Cara will massively compliment current players like Andi Bell who was our top scorer last season, I know Cara can play in a few positions which gives us flexibility.

In re-joining the Ewe Rams, Newton told DCLFC Media that it was a wrench to leave Long Eaton but feels that it was an opportunity to get back to the next level that she couldn’t turn it down.

“It feels amazing to be back with the club, I started here when I was 10 years old and to be back and being playing again for them is special and I can’t wait to get going.

“I needed that time away from the level of football and it was exciting that Sam was paying an interest in me and wanted me back. Having dropped a level it feels good that she thinks I still have the level of talent that she wants during an exciting time for the club.

“It was very tough to leave Long Eaton, I’ve got a lot of time for the club and everything they have done for me over the last few seasons, they helped me find my love for football again but I feel its the right time for me to get back to where I was and where I think I can still play.”