DURHAM WOMEN have signed midfielder Mollie Lambert from their North-East rivals Sunderland Ladies.

Lambert, who spent last season with Sunderland in the FA Women’s National League, has put pen to paper on a deal with the Wildcats ahead of the 2020-21 FA Women’s Championship campaign.

The versatile midfielder began her career with Newcastle United before joining the Black Cats during their time in the FA Women’s Super League.

During that time, the 22-year-old made 19 appearances in the top flight - and also appeared against the Wildcats during a 0-0 draw in the Continental Tyres Cup.

Lambert remained with Sunderland after the FA re-licensing process, playing an integral part in the club’s recent National League success

“I’m really excited to join the club,” said Lambert. “One of the big pros of moving to Durham is playing with experienced players, people who have played at this league and higher - and I’m really looking to learn from them.

“It’s been a long time without a ball at my feet, and I’m looking forward to getting back into it and starting training.”

Durham manager Lee Sanders was equally pleased to have clinched the signing of the midfielder.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Mollie will be joining us for the new season,” he said. “She’s a player that, in many respects, has done things the right way - she’s served her time at Newcastle, moved up and had some good experiences at Sunderland, culminating in some success over the last couple of years, and now we’re pleased she’s here.

“We’ve got a fantastic squad at the moment with a lot of experience, but the bigger picture is that the club needs to be investing in the incredibly talented and driven young players we have at the club already and bringing in the best talent in the area that we can.

“From watching over the last couple of years, she (Lambert) plays with a lot of energy and although she may not necessarily catch the headlines as much as others, she gets her head down and works hard which is something we will always want to have at the club.”