Reading Women FC announced the signings of regular England internationals Jade Moore and Jo Potter along with Kirsty Linnett, all formerly of Notts County on Bank Holiday Monday.
Notts County shocked everyone on the eve of the WSL1 Spring Series by announcing that they would be folding due to financial difficulties and therefore not taking part in the season. This left a whole squad of professional players, including numerous internationals, without a club.
We had hoped that a couple would be coming in the direction of the Royals and Jade and Jo were probably the ones most fans may have expected.
We had hoped we might see them last year when they announced they were leaving Birmingham mid-season, but both took the new challenge at Notts County rather than moving down South. We did however land the excellent Remi Allen, so she will now have the chance to link back up with her former team mates.
Watch Jade Moore talking to FATV:
Kirsty Linnett was also a former Birmingham player and she had only moved to Notts County in the pre-season along with former Royals Shelley Provan and Bianca Bragg. Kirsty herself has represented England all the way up to u23 level. She notched 5 goals in just 10 appearances in all competitions last season for Birmingham so will give our front line another boost!
So with six games of the Spring Season remaining things are looking up for Reading with these three superb signings to add to those that arrived in pre-season.
Between them they will add depth, experience and quality throughout the middle of the pitch. If they can all produce their best for us we’re all in for a season that is looking rosier by the week! The only issue will now be who gets selected, especially in central midfield where competition was already pretty high!
Kelly Chambers believes the trio’s experience will greatly benefit her side: “They were three players that were on our radar before the Spring Series, we wanted to bring in more experience from WSL1 and that’s what we’ve done. It broadens the options we have and it’s great to bring in three players of that calibre and have that experience at playing at WSL1. They’re definitely going to enhance us. They’re coming into a good squad already, so it’s a case of building now and making sure we are even more competitive in the league.”
Onwards and upwards and hopefully we’ll see them all in action against Chelsea on Wednesday at Adam’s Park.