19 July 2011

Belles Strengthen Backline

Rhonda Jones

Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC are delighted to announce the signing of Scotland international centre back Rhonda Jones from Hibernian LFC.

The talented defender joins the club just in time for the second half of the inaugural FA WSL season.

The gifted defender played youth football for Motherwell Rovers before moving to Ayr United Ladies aged 16. In five years at Ayr, Jones won various Player of the Year awards as well as the Scottish Cup in 1999.

At the age of 21 Rhonda won a scholarship to Florida Atlantic University and competed for the varsity soccer team while completing a degree in graphic design. She became the most decorated athlete in the history of FAU's women's soccer program.

At the culmination of her studies Jones remained in America and played for semi-professional W-League clubs Central Florida Krush, Cocoa Expos and Tampa Bay Hellenic.

She returned home to sign for Hibernian Ladies in September 2008, and captained the club to their 2010 Scottish Cup final and 2011 Scottish League Cup final wins.

Rhonda is a very experienced Scottish international who made her international debut aged just 18 and has gone on to represent her country over 85 times.

Belles Manager John Buckley 'Rhonda brings vast experience and defensive quality in to the squad. She is a leader, has good pace and is a tremendous reader of the game. I'm excited that she has made the decision to come here and am looking forward to seeing her in action.

'We tried to bring her here a couple of years ago but the deal couldn't happen at the time. So, we are pleased that it could this time round.'

Rhonda will wear the number 2 shirt and go straight in to the Belles squad for the trip to Birmingham on Saturday.

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