SUE Smith has committed her future to Doncaster Rovers Belles after vowing to bounce back from her injury nightmare.
The 32-year-old will miss the entire FA Women’s Super League season after rupturing her cruciate and medial knee ligaments on her Doncaster debut at Barnet a fortnight ago.
But the England forward has vowed to return from the injury - and she hopes to extend her stay at Belles beyond her contract for this season.
Smith (pictured below) said: “One hundred percent I’ll be back from this.
“I’m a focused person and I just want to start my rehabilitation as soon as possible.
“If you’d have asked me a couple of days after it happened, I’m not sure I would have said the same thing because I was that upset.
“But now I just want to get the operation out of the way and get on the road to recovery.
“Obviously this season is a complete write off but I’m trying to stay positive,” she added.
“The girls and the management here have been absolutely amazing in terms of looking after me. I’ve got to be a supporter this year and cheer them on.
“But looking further ahead I want to come back and play for Donny.
“I want to repay people for how nice they’ve been to me and I want to get on the pitch and play for John [Buckley].”
Smith had also been in contention to star at the London Olympics this summer but she is now expected to be sidelined for at least the next six months.
She is due to see a specialist next week who will decide whether the Merseysider will need one or two operations on her knee.
Belles host Chelsea in an FA Women’s Cup quarter final clash at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday (2pm).