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Posted 12th February 2011, 06:54 in

Sheffield Wednesday Sign Amanda Barr

The Northern Combination promotion chasers have clinched the signature of well-travelled former England striker, Amanda Barr.

Barr joins from Premier League side Preston North End, where she has been training to get her match fitness up after leaving Lincoln Ladies at the end of last season.

Amanda was one of the first students to gain a football scholarship at the FA National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University, whilst scoring an impressive 11 goals in 18 games with the national U-18 side.

Her international career for England has seen her score against Iceland in a 1-0 victory that ensured her country progressed to the World Cup Play-off Semi-Final in 2002 and she played a major part in England`s Euro 2005 campaign during which her goal against Holland helped Hope Powell`s side to a vital 3-2 victory over the Dutch in the opening game of the tournament.

"I'm delighted to add someone of Amanda`s abilty, experience and drive to this football club, this deal could have happened in June but the time wasn't right so for this to happen now is a real boost to the club and our end of season push for promotion," Owls' manager Adam Smallman commented.

Amanda Barr said "I'm really happy to be at SWWFC, I know a number of the girls already and im looking forward to helping them with their League and FA Cup Challenges."

Amanda`s debut will be this Sunday at Wakefield Ladies FC (2pm).

First Team Manager Adam Smallman is currently working on another few signings before the March deadline.

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