Belles sign Swedish international

SCANDANAVIAN star Maria Karlsson has swapped the Champions League for the FA Women's Super League to become Doncaster Rovers Belles' newest recruit.

The versatile 25-year-old impressed boss John Buckley during a trial period last month and becomes the first Swedish player to join a WSL club.

Karlsson, who can operate in defence or midfield, helped top Swedish side Linkping to a league and cup double in 2009 and has played in the Women's Champions League for the last two seasons.

She said: "I'm really looking forward to playing for Doncaster and to be the first Swedish player in WSL.