Glen Harris hopes new recruit Jade Lorton-Radburn can help provide the muscle to push Doncaster Rovers Belles back into FAWSL1.
The versatile Lorton-Radburn, 26, left Yeovil Town Ladies at the end of last season.
Her CV includes a spell at Bristol Academy where she was part of the club’s 2011 Champions League squad.
Lorton-Radburn is likely to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s home clash with Watford (6.30pm) when Belles resume their promotion bid following the mid-season break.
Head coach Harris said: “We’re delighted to have Jade here.
“She brings strength and power. There’s been a couple of times we’ve mentioned that we might have been outmuscled in games and maybe missed that bit of physical presence she can bring.
She’s got a great attitude and is a great trainer, which will hopefully encourage others to push on.”
“She can cover a multitude of positions, such as centre half and midfield, and she loves to push forward.
“She’s great at set pieces and striking the ball, so she does bring a lot to the team.”
Lorton-Radburn started her career at Leicester City before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 2009.
Later that year she moved to Lincoln Ladies, where a string of impressive performances caught the eye of top tier sides.
After a brief spell at Keynsham Town, Lorton-Radburn was part of Bristol Academy’s inaugural FAWSL squad in 2011, while also being part of their Champions League squad.
After a move back to Leicester in 2012, Lorton-Radburn joined Yeovil Town and spent a number of successful seasons at the Lady Glovers.
She was also part of the 2009 Great Britain squad who won a bronze medal at the World University Games.
Belles resume their FAWSL2 campaign sat in the second automatic promotion place, level on points with leaders Reading and six points clear of third-placed Yeovil.