Scotland forward Zoe Ness has joined the FA WSL 2 side Durham after spending two years in Sweden with Mallbackens IF.
After Mallbackens were relegated from the Damallsvenken last season, she has returned to the club through its ranks she came through and played in the club’s debut FA WSL 2 season in 2014 where Durham finished sixth.
Speaking to the Durham website, Ness talked of her delight, “I was really pleased to have those two years (in Sweden), but it’s the right time to come back and a good decision.
“I’ve been watching Durham closely, because they were the first team I played for, and I think they’ve done well.
“But there’s a lot more to do and it’s an exciting time to come back and play here, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Durham’s manager Lee Sanders said, “Zoe’s a player who has been in and around the club for a very long time and we know all about the qualities she has,” he added.
“She’s had a couple of years away over in Sweden which was, at the time, a good opportunity for her and the right thing for her to do.
“But first and foremost, she’s come back in and trained with the rest of the squad for a few weeks and got back into it with the other girls.
“She’s enjoyed it, she’s looked sharp and we’re looking forward to seeing her play again.”
With Scotland playing in the Euros this summer, Ness will be looking to break into the squad, and this was something Sanders was aware of: “Obviously she’s come back to England now with the focus on trying to force her way into the Scotland squad for the European Championships and we’ll be doing everything we can to help her achieve that.”
Ness has yet to make her full debut for Scotland, but she did score 19 goals in 25 Scotland U19 caps.
During her time in Sweden, she scored eight goals (including a long-range wonder-strike against Vittsjö GIK) in 42 appearances.