London City Lionesses is thrilled to announce that full-back Leanne Cowan has returned to Princes Park, agreeing terms on a contract for the remainder of the 2023-24 Barclays Women’s Championship season.
The 27-year-old, who boasts a wealth of professional experience from previous stints at Millwall, London City, and Crystal Palace, is eligible for selection versus Blackburn Rovers on Sunday [5 November].
“It’s really nice to be back and I’m not taking the opportunity for granted,” explained the Englishwoman.
Cowan re-joins the Club from Crystal Palace, with whom she was forced to miss last season due to injury.
“The last match that I was involved in was in March 2022 – a lot of work has been put in behind the scenes and the only reason I’m back playing football is because of the people who got me through my rehab.
“It feels like a really long journey has finally come to an end and now it’s just about trying to catch up with the group in terms of fitness. It’s exciting to be involved and it’s nice that we’re on an overnight trip because I’ll get to know everyone a little bit better which will be a lot of fun.”
Cowan returns after two seasons away from Princes Park, impressing head coach Carolina Morace during a successful trial period at K Sports Cobdown.
"She's a natural player with natural technique who is coming back from injury," the Italian said of her newest recruit.
"Leanne has been training with us for a while and already has a good relationship with the other players. She's very versatile and she we help us a lot because, with our injury list, we need good players and that is exactly what she is."
The London-born defender, who will wear the No. 32 jersey this season, spoke of her excitement at joining the team mid-season.
“I’m right-footed but I’ve played most of my career down the left,” explained Cowan.
“I wouldn’t describe myself as two-footed, but Carolina did ask me to take a couple of left-footed corners, which is always interesting.
"It’s exciting to join an experience group who recorded a positive result before the international break, so now it’s about building momentum.”
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