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Rianna Jarrett departs London City Lionesses: 'It was a tough decision, but one I had to make'

Rianna Jarrett, London City Lionesses (Image: thoughtsofawing)
Rianna Jarrett, London City Lionesses (Image: thoughtsofawing)

London City Lionesses can confirm the departure of forward Rianna Jarrett by mutual agreement.

The Republic of Ireland international arrived at Princes Park from Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2021, scoring five goals in 18 appearances for the Pride.

The Lionesses can confirm that we have reached an agreement with the 28-year-old, allowing her to seek new opportunities elsewhere.

"It's bittersweet to be leaving London City after just 18 months, but I'm excited for the challenge ahead," explained Jarrett. "It was a tough decision to make but one that I needed to make for myself.

"Being sidelined for 12 months has placed things into perspective for me and, although it has been great to be back on the pitch for London City, I believe now is the right time to go home to try and build fitness and enjoy playing football again.

"I'd like to say thank you to London City for the opportunity over the last 18 months, but more importantly — understanding my decision to leave. I have some very fond memories from my time at the club and have met some amazing people.

"I wish the girls and management nothing but the best in their remaining games and hopefully I will be back cheering them on at some point when they push to win the league. Until next time, Rianna."

London City interim head coach Nikita Runnacles added: "Ri was out with an injury for a prolonged period of time but her value to this Club off the pitch has been second to none.

"We are truly thankful to Rianna for her leadership, understanding of the game, and ability to talk players through moments of the game to help the team. It's a massive strength for her.

"Right now, she needs more playing time, which she understands, based on our current form and where we sit, isn't available here. This has been a decision that she has asked for, to ensure that her career progresses as she gets older and we value any players who come forward with that request.

"We're going to miss her deeply in the changing room and out on the pitch, but we all agree that this is the right move for her."

Everyone at London City Lionesses would like to express our gratitude to Rianna for her efforts at Princes Park and wish her all very the very best for the future.

Rianna Jarrett, London City Lionesses (Image: thoughtsofawing)
Rianna Jarrett, London City Lionesses (Image: thoughtsofawing)

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