Laura Del Rio: Bristol Academy striker to take player-coach role

Spain international striker Laura Del Rio has agreed a dual-role deal with Bristol Academy for the 2014 Women's Super League season.

As well as playing, she will become under-18s head coach at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, where the Vixens are based.

Del Rio signed for Bristol two years ago, having played professionally in Germany and America.

Last season, her five goals in 14 games helped the club finish second in WSL.

"Bristol Academy have given me the opportunity to play and coach at the same time and at a very good standard," Del Rio said.

"I'm excited for the challenge and look forward to introducing some Spanish skills to the youth team."