Fylde Ladies have pulled off a sensational transfer coup with the signing of Argentina international Agustina Barroso.

The 23-year-old defender joins Fylde following a spell with Brazilian club and Copa Libertadores champions Ferroviária.

Barroso was picked up by the Brazilian outfit after her fantastic performances for Argentine side UAI Urquiza as they finished third in last year’s Copa Libertadores.

Named Argentina Women’s Player of the Year in 2014, Barroso progressed through the national youth ranks and Fylde Ladies manager Luke Swindlehurst was delighted to have the full-back on board.

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Photo: Barroso (second from right) in international action

Swindlehurst said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure a full international. Bringing in a defender with experience at the highest level is a very exciting for us.

“It’s a sign of things to come and I’m sure this will be a big step in the right direction. She can speak English which is a huge benefit to us and we hope she adjusts to life in England quickly.

“She is a quick, tough tackling defender with very good positional sense so I’m sure with Agus on board we will have a solid foundation to build on. Keeping clean sheets is crucial and when you have a player of proven quality at the back it can only help your chances.”

Barroso added: “I’m very happy to play for Fylde Ladies. It’s one of the most important experiences in my career and I’m looking forward to giving my best for my new team.”