Shelbourne fend off cross-channel interest to clinch signing of Saoirse Noonan

Fri, Feb 12 2021
Saoirse Soonan of Cork City in action against Wexford Youths.

Saoirse Soonan of Cork City in action against Wexford Youths. Credit: David Ribeiro (ETPhotos)

Women’s National League title hopefuls Shelbourne have unveiled the signature of former Cork City and current Irish international Saoirse Noonan ahead of the 2021 season.

The Reds confirmed in their press release that there was interest in Noonan from both English and Icelandic clubs, but that did not deter them signing the 21-year-old.

The attacking midfielder helped Cork City reach the 2020 FAI Cup Final – but she was unable to help her teammates win the cup against Peamount United.

Noonan was named in a provisional Irish squad for the recent qualifier against Germany, and she has also played for Cork ladies’ GAA football team.

“I am delighted to be joining Shelbourne FC for the upcoming season,” Noonan told Shels’ media team after signing.

“It’s an exciting venture for me and I am really looking forward to working with Noel and the team.

“I would like to thank Cork City FC for everything over the last number of years. They have helped me grow as both a player and as a person and I want to truly thank them all for the support.

“I look forward to taking up a new role and playing my part Shelbourne.”

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