Brighton boss hails Denise O'Sullivan's 'proven goalscoring record' as loan move confirmed

Thu, Sep 10 2020

O'Sullivan warms up ahead of last year's 2-0 Euro 2021 qualifying win over Montenegro in Tallaght. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell has hailed Denise O’Sullivan’s ‘proven goalscoring record’ following her loan switch from NWSL champions North Carolina Courage.

The 26-year old joins fellow Irish internationals Rianna Jarrett and Megan Connolly at the Women’s Super League side until the end of 2020.

The move comes as a boost for Vera Pauw and the national team ahead of their European qualifier against Germany on Saturday 19 September.

Covid-19 regulations would have made travel between the US and Europe problematic for O’Sullivan and the move guarantees her continued availability for Pauw.

 “We’re delighted to have Denise with us,” said Powell.

“She has a proven goalscoring record in some of the best leagues in the world and she will also bring plenty of experience of playing in big games against the best opposition.

“She has had to quarantine since arriving from the States, but she has now started training with us and getting to know the rest of the group.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the group on and off the pitch.”

Courage head coach Paul Riley dubbed O'Sullivan 'one of the most gifted and complete midfielders in world soccer' after confirming the temporary switch.

On experiencing the WSL for the first time, O’Sullivan said: “It’s a great opportunity to challenge myself with a talented squad in a league that’s becoming more and more competitive.

“It was a bit frustrating having to quarantine for a couple of weeks, but I have kept myself in shape and I’m looking forward to helping the club move forward.”

The striker joins Brighton on the back of two NSWL titles with North Carolina Courage.

The 70-times capped international has also had spells with Houston Dash, Peamount United, Cork City and reached the Champions League quarter final with Glasgow City.