Durham Women FC has confirmed the signing of versatile forward Molly Sharpe. The 22-year-old has spent the past four years at Barry University in Miami, where she netted fourteen times and registered thirteen assists during her senior year.
As well as representing the Wildcats in the FA Women’s Championship, Sharpe will study a Master’s Degree at Durham University as part of the club’s postgraduate scholarship programme.
Unsurprisingly, she is eager to kick on and challenge herself in the second tier of English women’s football.
“It’s really good to be here,” she said.
“I’m expecting a challenge and I’m really looking forward to the teams that we get to play, it’s an amazing level and there’s no easy games.”
Sharpe is no newcomer to the English game, having burst onto the scene at Bradford City while still a teenager.
Her goalscoring exploits for City in the FA Women’s National League didn’t go unnoticed – and manager Lee Sanders moved swiftly to snap-up the forward upon her return to England this summer.
“I’ve known of Molly probably for about the last seven or eight years, from when she played as a junior and monitored her progress since,” Sanders said.
“She did well for Bradford as a 16-year-old and scored some goals then went out to America and continued to do well.”
“She’s getting a fantastic opportunity to get her postgraduate degree funded while playing football.”
“I think she’s definitely got the qualities to have an impact on the first-team.”
Sharpe becomes the Wildcats’ third scholarship recruit of the summer, joining Northern Irish international Megan Bell and pacey Dutch striker Iris Achterhof at New Ferens Park as the club look to build on last season’s fourth-place finish.