Issy Newns Returns

3rd August 2022

Cheltenham Town Ladies FC can confirm attacking midfielder Issy Newns has rejoined the club ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Newns, 21, who spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Cheltenham from Oxford United Women, believes that Cheltenham can make an impact as they experience the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier for the first time.

“I can’t wait to get the season going and show everyone all the hard work we’ve been putting in in training and make a statement,” Newns said, talking to Gloucestershire Live’s Jon Palmer. “I did the start of pre-season with the team last season and didn’t end up signing, but I could see what Tom (Davis, manager), the coaching staff and the players were building.

“This is one of the main things that made me want to come back, having a brief conversation with Tom and his ambitions for the club just shows how much this club has got to come.”

Newns, 21, left Forest Green Rovers to join Oxford United Development halfway through the 2018/19 season. She eventually progressed to Oxford’s first team and enjoyed some impressive performances, but her time there was curtailed by a badly broken foot.

Following her rehabilitation, she moved to Keynsham Town but the Covid-19 pandemic cut short her time there and she quickly moved on to Cardiff City Ladies.

“It was one of the most mentally developing seasons I’ve had but also one of the best seasons too,” she said of her time at Cardiff.

“It was hard for me to leave such a talented team, but I knew it was the best thing for me.”

Newns is a former track and field athlete who is studying for a degree in sports business at Hartpury, also working part-time as a barista at Starbucks.

Newns is Tom Davies’ seventh new signing this summer. She likes to run with the ball and feed the strikers with balls in behind. “I like playing easy simple football, sometimes with a little bit of sauce!” she said. “I want to come to Cheltenham and enjoy it, play my football with this amazing group of girls.

“Cheltenham is like one big family because it’s such a close knit group and always has such good energy in and around the training ground so I can’t wait for everyone else to see that on the pitch. The club has got such big ambitions and as a young player, I can’t wait to be along the journey with everyone!”

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