Mark Sampson wants to sign two more for his Bristol Academy squad
BRISTOL Academy boss Mark Sampson is setting his sights on further recruitment as he begins his preparations for the start of the new FA Women's Super League campaign – but says he's in no rush.
The Vixens have already signed England Under-23 midfielder Lucy Staniforth from Lincoln and secured the future of former Spain international striker Laura Del Rio for the next campaign.
Wales captain Jess Fishlock is also returning to the club and, with her loan stint at Australian club Melbourne Victory now over, is expected to join her team-mates when the squad returns to training on Tuesday.
"I'm hoping to add a couple more players before the season starts in April and am looking for another striker and maybe a defender," said Sampson.
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"But a lot of clubs are in the same position as us and everybody is looking around at who might be available.
"There is no rush and I want to make sure that if we do bring somebody in, they are the right player for us. I'm not going to sign anybody just for the sake of it."
Bristol have parted company with long-serving defender Michelle Green, who has joined Cardiff, while back-up goalkeeper Rachel Simkin won't be available as she is joining the Navy.
First-choice shot-stopper Siobhan Chamberlain, who was recently with the England squad for warm-weather training in La Manga, will remain as the club's number one, but Sampson said: "I need to bring in a back-up keeper, although there's no panic as Siobhan is fit and will be our first-choice again next season.
"I will probably look for somebody young who we could develop over the next few years, and who could then take over from Siobhan when the time comes."
Fixtures for the new WSL season, which were expected to be revealed before Christmas, are due to be released in the next few days.
Snow meant the entire local women's football programme was wiped out last weekend, although Keynsham Town are through to the semi-finals of the Somerset Women's Senior Cup without kicking a ball after scheduled opponents Cleeve West Town handed them a walkover.
Two of the other quarter-finals are rescheduled for this Sunday, although Brislington's clash with Bishops Lydeard takes place a week later as the Bristol club travel to Yeovil Town Reserves in the semi-finals of the Women's Junior Cup this weekend. Nailsea United visit Bridgwater in the other tie.
SW Women's Combination: Forest Green Rov v Newquay, Plymouth Argyle v Gloucester City, Swindon Tn v Southampton Saints.
SW Women's League Premier Div: Bristol Ladies Union v Stoke Lane Ath, Cheltenham Tn v Frome Tn, Cleeve West Tn v Weymouth, Plymstock Utd v Downend Flyers.
Eastern Div I: Keynsham Tn Res v Swindon Supermarine, Poole Tn v St Nicholas, Swindon Spitfires v Cirencester Tn.
Gloucestershire County Women's League Cup, rd I: AEK Boco v Bristol Ladies Union Res, Cheltenham CS v Longwell Green.
Div I: Gloucester City Res v Wootton Bassett, Quedgeley v Dursley Tn.
Div II: Abbeymead v AEK Boco Res.
Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup, quarter-finals: Keynsham Tn Dev v Team Mendip, Yeovil Tn v Larkhall Ath.
Somerset FA Women's Junior Cup, semi-finals: Bridgwater Tn v Nailsea Utd, Yeovil Tn Res v Brislington.