Chesterfield FC Stadium is seen before the Belgium v Denmark UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Group C football match at Chesterfield FC Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on the 11th May 2018. Photo: Jon Super for FA

Leicester City defender joins Sheffield United

Sheffield United have announced their second signing of the day via their official website, confirming the acquisition of Northern Irish international defender Nat Johnson.

Johnson joins The Blades from fellow FA Women’s Championship side Leicester City for whom she had played over 100 times across two separate spells with the club. The versatile defender will be sporting the number three jersey when she runs out in the red and white next season.

Johnson broke through into the Leicester City senior team via their Regional Centre of Excellence before heading across the pond where she studied for four years in South Carolina. The player becomes Sheffield United’s third signing in just two days following the additions of Ellie Wilson and Sophie Walton.

After completing her move to The Proact Stadium, Johnson told Sheffield United’s official media sources “I’ve had a really good first few weeks, I’ve really enjoyed it.

“It’s been so welcoming which has been great and I’m buzzing to be a part of the club.

“For me it was about seeing how competitive the team was last season and what a hard-working, professional group they are and I wanted to be a part of that.”

En-route to finishing second in the FA Women’s Championship last season, Sheffield United scored the most goals in the division but only had the third fewest goals conceded. Consequently, defence is an area that the club have targeted for improvement, particularly since Leandra Little and Naomi Hartley were the only two recognised defenders remaining at the club going into the summer.

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