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Linfield Ladies winger Louise McDaniel makes move to English Championship

Louise McDaniel is the latest Northern Ireland player to move to England.
Louise McDaniel is the latest Northern Ireland player to move to England.

By Josh Bunting

Linfield Ladies winger Louise McDaniel has completed a move to FA Women’s Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

She moves with a wealth of experience as a senior Northern Ireland international.

The 19-year-old created history in 2017 by becoming the first Northern Ireland women’s player to score at a major tournament when she netted in a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Mourneview Park during the Women’s U19 Euros.

McDaniel follows in the footsteps of close friend Megan Bell, who moved from the Blues to top-of-the-table Durham earlier this summer.

The duo don't have long to wait until they go head to head, either, with Rovers set to visit Durham in a Championship clash on October 13.

“I'm really excited to get started and be involved in the team,” McDaniel told the Rovers website.

“Obviously the success that the team went through last season made me want to come and play here.

“Gemma (Donnelly - Rovers Ladies manager) just wanted to get me in and involved with the girls. They’ve have all been really welcoming and I just like the atmosphere in the club so I’m really excited."

The 19-year-old believes she has plenty to give, having already starred in the Champions League for Linfield, and is looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Championship.

“It’s going to be a really big test for us but I’m excited to see what I can offer to the team and see what I can bring.

“I’m a really attack-minded player so hopefully I can get in there and get some goals for myself and some points on the board for us.

“It’s going to be a pleasure to get my first minutes for the club so I’m really excited for it.”

McDaniel scored on her Linfield debut aged only 14 and also scored six goals in a game against Derry City.

She has already won a bundle of trophies, including three league titles, three League Cups and two Irish Cups at Linfield.

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