Hibs Ladies boss Chris Roberts has pulled off a major coup by clinching the signatures of Heather Richards and Chloe Arthur from rivals Celtic.
The talented duo are both on the fringes of Anna Signeul’s Scotland A squad and their capture highlights the Hibees ambitions to return to the top of the women’s game.
“I’m delighted to have signed for Hibs and I feel it is the right move for me at the point in my career,” commented former Celtic and Rangers midfielder Richards.
“There were offers from other clubs and it was a hard decision, but I know I’ve made the right decision to come here.
“This is a big year for me and the club. We want to put real pressure on Glasgow City this season and challenge for the league and cup competitions.
“Having been in a few of the national training camps I also want to push on again and get more game time in the Scotland A squad.”
Making an impression on the national scene is also high on the agenda for winger Arthur, who admits it was Hibs reputation for developing and nurturing talent that persuaded her to join the club.
The 19-year-old commented: “I needed a new challenge and I felt that Hibs were the team to motivate and develop me.
“I had offers from other clubs but never spoke to any of them; I knew from the moment I spoke to Chris that I wanted to come to Hibs.
“The club know what it takes to be successful and I felt coming here, knowing so many of the girls from the national set-up, that it was the right environment for me to push on.
“I needed to get out of my comfort zone because I had been with Celtic for six years, which made it a hard decision to leave the club.”
Manager Roberts is pleased to have secured the services of both players, adding: “We are delighted to welcome Chloe and Heather to Hibernian Ladies.
“I’ve enjoyed watching their progress over recent years and look forward to working with them. Their talent will add to what is a very exciting group of players at the club.
“It’s testament to the club that we are able to attract players of Chloe and Heather’s quality and We hope to help both players achieve a regular place in the Scotland National Team.”