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‘I am delighted to be joining such a big club’ – Áine O’Gorman switches from Peamount United to Shamrock Rovers

This is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down” – Áine O’Gorman

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Áine O'Gorman at her unveiling

Áine O'Gorman at her unveiling

Áine O'Gorman at her unveiling

Áine O’Gorman, to the surprise of nobody in Irish football, has on Thursday confirmed her switch from Peamount United to Shamrock Rovers.

It is the first signature signing for the newest entrants to the Women’s National League, and presuming other members give the plan the green light, she could yet become its first semi-professional.

From the position a few years ago, when O’Gorman and all the WNL players had to pay subscription fees to their clubs for the simple privilege of playing the game at its most elite domestic level, it represents a dramatic transformation in the sport.

O’Gorman may soon be followed to Tallaght by Stephanie Roche as the successful Peamount side of recent times continues to slowly disintegrate. Unfortunately, they may be one of the Irish clubs with most to lose should the game become semi-professional.

“I have had a great few years at Peamount,” says O’Gorman, who has won 114 caps with Ireland and claimed two league titles in her five years at the Newcastle-based Dublin club.

“They have done a lot for women’s football and for me personally throughout my career, for which I am very thankful.

“Signing for Shamrock Rovers is an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down and I’m really looking forward to the new challenge.

“I am delighted to be joining such a big club, one that is putting the structures in place for the long-term growth and development of women’s football in Ireland.”

Women’s first team manager Collie O’Neill said “I’m absolutely delighted to have Áine on board, she brings everything we need to help set the standards and culture we’re looking for both on and off the pitch.

“Every time I’ve watched her play, I’ve been so impressed, she’s a very intelligent footballer with great awareness around her, She also has an unbelievable work ethic which will be of great benefit to our team.”

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Head of Women’s football at SRFC, Jason Carey, said: “I have known Áine a long time, she is a legend of the game at WNL and International level. She is an unbelievable professional and role model who has set standards across the game for many years.

“We can’t wait to work with her in what will be a monumental year for the women’s game and for Áine as she prepares for next year’s Women’s World Cup.”


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