Tuesday 11 December 2018

'My job used to be at home looking after the pigs' - Irish striker Leanne Kiernan has joined West Ham

Leanne Kiernan is congratulated after scoring against Slovakia back in April
Leanne Kiernan is congratulated after scoring against Slovakia back in April

Republic of Ireland striker Leanne Kiernan hs swapped Shelbourne for West Ham.

The 19-year-old Cavan native has been a key figure in Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign and has been poached by the Super League side.

"I'm delighted to be joining West Ham, as it's the next step in a brilliant adventure for me," the Cavan native told the club's website.

"It's a big step over the water, but the girls are lovely and I'm really enjoying it. It's a great club to join. There is so much ambition to this club and I'm really looking forward to seeing how this season goes.

"It makes it a bit easier that everybody is in the same boat as me as we're new to West Ham. Everybody is friendly and it feels like home! We only arrived a few weeks ago, but it already feels like we've been friends for years as we all get on very well."

Kiernan has been training at West Ham for the past fortnight and is happy to be swapping the family farm for life in London.

"I'm looking forward to giving it a go and seeing how I get on. Hopefully it'll go well. Anybody coming here wants to be in the starting eleven, so I'll work hard, get my head down and hopefully get a place.

"We want to get our names out there as West Ham this season and show we're not just in the league to take part. We want to make our mark.

"I'm used to being at home on the farm, but now I'm living in a big city like London.

"It's been good so far. I'm living with two of the girls and learning all the new things I need to do now I'm living away from home for the first time.

"Every summer, my job used to be at home looking after the pigs, but now things are very different!"

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