Kierans set for Leeds
By Marcus Cavaroli DROGHEDA girl Grainne Kierans hopes to relaunch her Womens Premier League soccer career with Leeds United, after walking out on her old club Charlton.
The 24-year-old inter-national, currently back home in Rathmullen, is due to fly to Yorkshire this weekend to begin trials with Leeds, having left London following Charlton’s FA Cup final defeat by Fulham.
Grainne was upset at not being selected for the match.
‘There was a lot of politics involved and I had had enough of Charlton by then,’ Grainne said this week.
‘I never really landed on my feet with Arsenal or Charlton, and I can honestly say that it was not down to lack of ability. People seemed to let me down all the time, but I did have two great seasons with Charlton.
‘I scored some really good goals and I was the first female ever to score at The Valley.
‘News got around that I’d left and I’ve been talking to Leeds for two or three weeks. I’ll be going there on Saturday to see if I like the set-up.
‘They are a very good side and have a manager who knows her stuff, and it’s not so much dog eats dog up north.’
Grainne hopes to work full time for Leeds United, mixing her playing and training with working as a development officer for the club.
And of course, should she secure a contract, she’ll be joining a couple of other Drogheda players on the books at Elland Road.
‘I know Ian Harte because I went to school with him,’ said Grainne, ‘and I played football with his sister Kim.’
In the meantime, Grainne has been turning out for Shamrock Rovers, the club fellow Drogheda girl Kate Gerrard plays for when she’s not in America on her sports scholarship, in order to keep her fitness up.
On Sunday, Grainne was part of the Rovers team which lost 2-1 after extra time to Lifford in a cup match.
She also hopes to help Ireland qualify for the European Championship finals. They must beat Malta in October to keep their hopes alive.