LEEK Town ladies have swooped to sign Stoke City Ladies long-serving central defender Cassie Hyde.
Cassie, 30, was a founder member of the first Stoke female team formed in the summer of 2001, quit the Potters at the end of last season.
Blues Babes manager Ian Smith said: “We are delighted that Cassie has decided to join our first team squad as I know she has had many offers from elsewhere. Her playing ability and experience will have a fantastic positive effect on our female section at Leek Town. "The fact that Cassie is still only 30 means she thinks that the girls and ladies section here at Leek is going in the right direction. "For our younger age group girls, when they see players like Cassie joining Leek, they will understand where the player pathway at Leek can take them”.
Cassie enjoyed immense success with Stoke ladies senior team as it progressed from county and regional level to its current FA Women's Premier League Northern Division status.
For the last 11 years Cassie has formed a sold partnership with skipper and close friend Megan Bowyer [like herself from Leek] in a central defensive role.
Cassie comes from a footballing family. Both her brothers, Dan and Andy, have played for and been a management team at Leek CSOB, whilst her father John is the CSOB president.
Cassie said: “ Since leaving Stoke it was important I made the right decision for me both personally and professionally. I still feel I have a lot to give and wanted a new challenge.
"Joining my local team in Leek is something I’m excited about, I have great family connections to the club with my uncle Neil [Baker] being the manager of the men’s team.
"I feel the club has great potential and I hope to bring not just valuable experience but good footballing ability to help this club move forward and to where it deserves to be. I can’t wait to get started”.