London City Lionesses is thrilled to announce that Republic of Ireland international Niamh Farrelly has joined the Pride on a free transfer from Parma Calcio.
The 24-year-old has inked a one-year contract at Princes Park, becoming the latest player with experience on the continent to arrive since the appointment of Carolina Morace as First Team Head Coach.
Farrelly, who adds to an impressive central midfield core of Sonia O’Neill and Connie Scofield, is prepared for the start of the 2023-24 Barclays Women’s Championship season and excited to make a fast start with her new teammates.
“I was really impressed when I spoke with Carolina [Morace] and Nicola [Williams] about their ambitions for the Club and how they develop players,” said the Dublin-born midfielder.
“The Club has been successful over the last couple of seasons and I think that we can push for promotion. After playing in Italy, I think I will be able to fit in quickly under the coaching staff. My first two days with the team have been great, everyone has been really welcoming and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”
When asked about her style of play, she added: “I’m a hard worker. While I like to run off the ball and do the dirty work, I also like to create chances for my team.”
Farrelly started her senior career in the Irish National League, now known as the League of Ireland, with Peamount United in September 2015.
The Irishwoman played a crucial role for the South Dublin outfit as they secured a remarkable league and cup double, which saw her earn a transfer to Scottish Premier League side Glasgow City.
Farrelly enjoyed further success at Petershill Park, scoring three times in quick succession down the stretch to help Glasgow City win their fourteenth domestic crown in a row.
The 1999-born midfielder, who has made four appearances for the Republic of Ireland, spent last season in Serie A, in which she helped Parma secure an eighth-place finish in the regular-season standings.
First Team Assistant Coach Nicola Williams commented: “Niamh is a dynamic player who can contribute to the attack but also excels defensively. She's got a strong physique, which is another significant boost.
"We're familiar with Niamh after her season in Italy, which she said helped develop her game because of the level of tactical detail in Serie A. We're really pleased to have been able to add her to our group."
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