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Northern Ireland goalkeeper Lauren Perry snapped up by Blackburn

Northern Ireland's Lauren Perry
Northern Ireland's Lauren Perry

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Lauren Perry has followed in the footsteps of Linfield team-mate Louise McDaniel and joined English side Blackburn Rovers.

The 18-year-old makes the switch from the Blues to the Championship side where she will compete with Fran Stenson and Danielle Hill for game time.

A five-times capped Northern Ireland international, Perry leaves Linfield after a trophy-laden two years in which she won the league twice and the League Cup once.

She was Linfield Ladies' Player of the Year in 2018, while she was also named Ulster Women's Player of the Year and Women's Personality of the Year too.

"Obviously it’s exciting times coming over from Northern Ireland," Perry told Blackburn's official website. "Once (manager) Gemma Donnelly got in contact with me, straight away it was a yes.

"The ambitions of the club and the success that they’ve had previously. Hopefully coming into the club I can join that success.

"I’m only 18 but I’ve played in the Champions League and I made my international debut at 16. I think doing that so young has helped me mature as a player so quickly.

"I’ve played with players like Sarah McFadden and those who have played in the Championship over here. I’ve been learning from them and hopefully I can pass that on to players here."

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