By: RICK PAYNE on 15 Jan, 2016 08:00
Hibernian Ladies today announced three new signings ahead of the 2016 season.
Abbi Grant, Rachel McLauchlan and Sarah Ewens have committed themselves to the club after joining from Glasgow City, Aberdeen and Spartans respectively.
The trio will bolster Manager Chris Roberts squad as Hibernian target silverware whilst preparing to return to European action for the first time in nine years.
Roberts believes his new recruits are good enough to make an immediate impression as Hibernian prepare to build on last year's impressive campaign.
He said: "I'm delighted that the girls have all agreed to join us because they are all fantastic additions to the team.
"We have targeted our recruitment on bringing in players that were good enough to go straight into our side and make a big impact, as well as fitting into our style and philosophy.
"By signing Rachel, Sarah and Abbi, we have created even more competition for places in what I believe is the most exciting squad I have worked with since joining the club five years ago.
Wide player McLaughlan said: "From playing against them and seeing how they play it was definitely something I was keen to be involved in.
"They seem like a tight-knit group and I'm looking forward to getting started."
Ewens was equally excited to be making the move to Hibernian, saying: "I wanted to progress and it was a great opportunity - they've such a strong squad and you can see how well they did last season.
"They're constantly growing and I wanted to be a part of it."
Grant joins from title rivals Glasgow City, and hopes her experience with the 2015 title winners will benefit the squad as Hibernian return to Europe
"Everyone will enjoy it (Champions League football). It's going to be tough - the standard is at an international level but it's exciting to be involved in."
As well as bolstering his playing squad, Roberts has also strengthened his backroom team by bringing in Kevin Milne as a Technical Coach.
The Heart of Midlothian Ladies Manager led the Tynecastle side to promotion to the Scottish Women's Premier League in 2014.
Roberts added: “Kevin has done an incredible job at Hearts, coaching the team through the divisions and into the SWPL for the first time.
“His knowledge and talent as a coach will be a huge asset to the players, myself and Claire [Ditchburn].
“As a club we want to create the best possible environment for players to improve and this role will certainly help that."