Our women's team have signed former Boston United goalkeeper Danielle Richardson ahead of the 2020/21 season. Following the unfortunate end to women's football at Boston United, the 24-year-old stopper spent last season playing in the East Midlands League at Lincoln Moorlands. Prior to that, she kept goal for two highly successful seasons in a Boston team that looked set to keep climbing the women's football pyramid.
Manager Dale Houlston had this to say after securing Richardson's signature: "First and foremost it's good to have secured the services of a goalkeeper with some experience. And when I say experience, Danielle has known both the great and the not so great in football. She knows what its like to play for two seasons in a team that dominated women's football in the area. But she has also played in a team that struggled a bit last season, and I think that both ends of that football spectrum gives a player well-rounded football experiences to bring to us. Last season we struggled on the goalkeeper front and ended up having to organise loans. I knew Danielle from my time at Boston United, and she played in a very good team there along with Becky Taylor, and they won two league titles and a number of cups. One of those league titles was the East Midlands League that we are going to be playing in this season".
Smiling whilst continuing, Dale said: "Danielle isn't the only former Boston United goalkeeper to join Town, is she? If she follows in Macca's footsteps and does half as good for the women's team as what Macca has done with the men, then I will be delighted with that.
"I spoke to Danielle during the lockdown and she came up to Blundell Park when pre-season training started, and she has done very well. She has done a lot of work with our goalkeeper coach Dominik Pralat who is very enthusiastic about her, and Kris Hoskins from the Academy was impressed with her too. From my point of view, it's great having specialised goalkeeper coaches within the club to give their opinions on a player".
"It's a very positive change for me and I'm loving every minute of it so far as a Grimsby Town player,” Danielle said. “The past month in pre-season has been very good and I'm already learning a lot from Dom. My first impressions are that there is a really positive group of people here from the players to the staff and manager, and I really love that".
Asked what her hopes and aspirations are, she continued: "I want to learn as much as possible and keep improving as a keeper. I actually came into playing football fairly late on compared to most and so I know I still have a long way to go. I really want the team to succeed and I can see they are a big club and are very ambitious, so I will do everything I can to help them achieve their goals".
There will be further news on more new arrivals in the women's team in due course.