Summer signings and key returnee.
Sunderland’s ladies side have strengthened their squad ahead of their first season in the new WSL 2.
The reigning National Premier League champions are making the step up when the new campaign starts in March having won three league titles in a row.
Manager Mick Mulhern - the country's longest-serving ladies' boss - has confirmed three new signings, including the capture of winger Becky Bass from rivals Leeds.
Lauren Briggs of Durham has also joined, while Brogan McHugh has made the step up from the club’s Centre of Excellence.
“I’m delighted all three girls have decided to join us,” Mulhern said.
“All are young players who are very much learning the game and therefore Mel [Reay, assistant manager] and I can have a positive influence on their future development.”
The squad have now returned to pre-season training with influential midfielder Natalie Gutteridge amongst them after suffering a horror injury last season.
The 24-year-old ruptured her cruciate ligaments in February and underwent surgery to correct the problem.
She has returned to light training and will be following a special rehabilitation programme.
“I’m delighted Nat’s progress is on schedule,” Mulhern added. “She has played a big part for us over the last few years.
“Nat’s return will be like a new signing for us.”